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[Music] eating at home the new normal now for most of us around the world kids don’t go to school hence there are no school meals adults can’t eat out because restaurants and cafes are closed that means back into the kitchen and do your own cooking a trend that shows an interesting side effect organic and regional produce has become even more popular some just wanted to support local farmers and vendors but the main reason for a rise in organic food seems to be that most of us believe healthy food will keep us healthy too and during a pandemic that’s a pretty good incentive [Music] hello and welcome to a new and hopefully tasty edition of our kobe 19 special i’m monica jones and i have to say all of that looked yummy i don’t know where they did their grocery shopping but if you’re here in berlin you’ll probably turn to organic food producers here in the region their business is thriving despite or because of the pandemic it’s unusually quiet in the farm shop here in breuervin brandenburg due to the pandemic only three customers have been in this morning the people from berlin aren’t coming it’s very sad that people are forced to stay home the cafe is closed no weddings or events allowed the international green week that happens in berlin every january was online this year so no catering contract the store and catering service turnover is down by 75 per cent it is a bit depressing also for colleagues who can’t do their normal jobs marzan and her husband didn’t have to put any of their employees on reduced hours they even hired 20 new people because their organic produce delivery service is booming they have 180 cows and produce milk and cheese in the farm dairy the eco village bordovin also runs a kitchen in the nearby town of ibas valde which produces items such as chicken stock pickled beet and potato soup the organic farms turnover has risen 50 percent during the pandemic to be honest i’m overwhelmed things here have undergone dramatic changes and dramatic changes are always a challenge at the moment he and his team are delivering organic produce to some 3600 customers a week in brandenburg berlin and also to supermarket chains that’s a third more than before covert 19.

Germany has seen a 20 rise in sales of organic goods during the pandemic demand really spiked when people were a bit panicked back in march april but the other issue is trust people need something they can trust in this difficult time the organic market exudes trustworthiness so it’s become increasingly popular and smaller local stores have also become more popular many consumers are keen to support local businesses it’s a positive development it’s hard work it’s very challenging but it’s great it’s great the customers are supporting us on is already thinking ahead he wants to build loyalty that will outlive the pandemic and for more i’m joined now by de bujoti dar he’s the co-founder and director of leucine rich bio a microbiome company in the indian city of bangalore companies working on preventive health care and precision medicine it’s so very good to have you with us dr dar and i’m sure that you’re familiar with the saying you are what you eat does this mean that to all diseases perhaps even including kobe 19 begin in the gut well thank you thank you monica for having me on the show uh it’s a pleasure um well yes uh you know our intestine our gut as we as we know it uh you’ll be amazed that to know that around 70 percent of the immune system reside in the intestine and a lot of the diseases especially the chronic diseases like you know type 2 diabetes inflammatory bowel disease even mental uh diseases like you know parkinson’s and stuff like that um have been shown to be linked to the gut i mean there is something called as gut lung axis there is something called as gut brain axis there is a gut skin axis so yeah a lot of diseases actually uh uh you know have a link to the gut uh and kovid19 since we are in a pandemic uh you know era so kovid19 what people have seen in covid is that the sars cove two virus that infects uh the lungs through a receptor called ace2 now ace2 is also present in the intestinal intestine so a lot of the cells in the intestine have that particular receptor and hence uh the virus might also infect the intestinal tissue and not surprisingly a lot of researchers have found uh viruses in the stool samples of people affected with this disease exactly and and we also know uh because not just the intestine but basically throughout our body uh we coexist with with millions of microorganisms uh partly also responsible for our digestion of course uh how can we support those um to fight uh the enemy a virus for example that enters our body the microorganisms especially in the gut since we are talking about the gut microbiome microbio microorganisms um they play a very crucial role in not only uh you know metabolism of lot of food that we eat but they also synthesize lot of vitamins uh in fact serotonin which is a neurotransmitter is also synthesized in the intestine so it’s a it’s a very important uh you know symbiotic relationship that we have with our microorganisms and the the best thing about the microorganisms in the gut at least is that they are malleable uh what do i mean by malleable that means they can be modulated and they can be modulated by food and hence we come to the very important topic that that you have put across that is how food can affect our health so when we take care of the gut if we take care of the gut by taking care of the microorganisms that means the good microorganisms should be you know should be encouraged to grow so that the bad microorganisms can’t grow then we will be healthy that’s that’s the idea and how do we promote good bacteria or good microorganisms well there are many ways especially in the food uh the topic is on this on the food uh we can take you know give us give us an example for example i mean we all have to eat and that includes you give us the perfect meal especially now in in the times of the pandemic that that keeps us healthy and that supports our immune system what’s the perfect meal yeah so perfect meat uh meal to my mind would have uh you know equal representation of fiber because fibers are very good prebiotics they help the probiotics grow and of course a lot of vegetables people have shown that you know taking vegetables really help our microorganisms cut down on red meat because uh again red meat uh leads to something called as tmao and that can cause a lot of issues have whole cereals or you know have a lot of nuts grains and stuff like that all of these in equal proportion can also can help our gut stay healthy does it matter whether it’s organically grown because people are really crazy about organic produce right now see organic foods are basically food which are uh grown without you know adding any pesticides or stuff like that so they are healthy in that way uh but i mean if you if you eat food or fruits vegetables which are grown non-organically but but have good proportion of you know the legumes and the grains and the you know the nuts and omega-3 fatty acids that we can have from let’s say you know fish and stuff like that it should it should help so yeah organic food is good but even if you don’t have organic food it is not going to change a lot of things so all right so it’s the right balance and nurturing the good microorganisms in our body uh dr deputy dar co-founder and director of the microbiome company leucine rich bio in bangalore thank you so much for your time thank you thank you monica for having me time now for your questions over to derek williams what’s the latest on whether humans can pass the virus onto their pets though we still don’t know the exact route it took through exactly which species um the coronavirus came from the animal world in the first place so of course there’s been a lot of worry since the beginning of the pandemic that infected people might also infect their pets proven examples of that occurring are are quite rare though though it does happen and and the affected animals are also occasionally mildly symptomatic one study indicated that cats and ferrets are more likely to get it than dogs in evolutionary terms ferrets are of course pretty closely related to to mink which seemed to be more susceptible to the disease in another horrendous chapter in this pandemic the detection of covet 19 at fur farms in europe led to millions of mink of being called last year the reason for the drastic move was the fear that populations of animals at the farms could serve as as reservoirs for soros kofi 2 and also that packed cages of sick mink might accelerate the development of even more dangerous new variants of the disease to prevent that scenario in the future researchers in both russia and the us have been working on vaccines that could be used in mink that that aren’t all that different to some of the vaccines being developed for us if they’re approved and licensed we might even see the first mink being vaccinated in a month or two and and manufacturers say they could quickly adapt their products for for other domesticated animals including dogs and cats so i’m guessing pets probably won’t be far behind [Music] as we’re all waiting to get vaccinated why not go for a sugary substitute in the meantime this syringe shaped cake may not protect you from kobe 19 but it’ll certainly sweeten your day a bakery in germany came up with the idea and it’s not their first pandemic inspired product remember the hunt for toilet rolls last year don’t think about it just dig in

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