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Eat Dirt

We know you don’t need convincing about the joys of farmers markets. But who knew that ingesting microscopic critters residing in our soil might be one more reason to befriend your local farmer?

Yesterday, a New York Times op-ed opined about the potential benefits that farmers market produce has on our immune system. The author suggests that ingesting microorganisms can boost our natural defense against allergens and some chronic diseases. In our increasingly-sanitized world we have fewer and fewer opportunities to chow down on microbes that help our bodies build up resistance. The solution? Get down and dirty at your farmers market.

And speaking of superbugs, some aren't so super. Antibiotics have come a long way since being introduced as a miracle cure in 1944 and Robert Kenner's 90-second video wants you to just say "no" to meat on drugs.