Humans may be 90% bacteria, but Elisabeth Fukonia—writing over at The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia—argues that some bacteria are becoming an endangered species. Like wild fermentation advocate Sandor Katz, Fukonia believes we need to reintroduce traditionally fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi back into our diets. This is, she argues, a crucial matter of health, and perhaps even life and death:
Food allergies, candida, irritable bowel syndrome and even cancer, are all symptoms of a lack of friendly bacteria and enzymes in the gut. It has been noted that no cancer patient has healthy bowel flora. That speaks volumes doesn't it? The balance needs to be put back so that the pathogens don't gain a foothold. We need to put back those organisms that are disappearing from our health and well being.