week 10

 
 
Blue Dye #1 Precipice
“Blue Dye #1 Precipice,” 2014. Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman from The New Yorker, Iconic American Landscapes, Recreated with Junk Food

 

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.
 
 
week 10

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