Assigned: Dr. Martin Blaser, Missing Microbes NYU Human Microbiome Program What About the Earth’s Microbiome Turning to Bacteria to Fight the Effects of Climate Change Missing Microbes Excerpt Scientists Urge National Initiative on Microbiomes Related: Iconic American Junk Food, Recreated with Junk Food This reading opens a whole new can of worms for my thinking, perhaps too late in the game to affect my project for the semester, but opens a new perspective for the concept of my project. So, my project focuses on time and scale when thinking about the sixth extinction. The immediacy of action for a singular ecosystem versus the insignificance of our existence on a geologic timescale and the “sugar coated” message we receive on a cultural level from those who try to educate the public on the topic of extinction. If we introduce Earth’s microbiome, it adds a level of complexity that places the need for action in between macro and micro perspectives. But how to reflect this in a sugar context? Food for thought.