The magic of microbes

With potential scenarios from the World Health Organisation predicting a possible 10 million deaths by 2050 caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria, and the abundance of chemicals and antibiotics in our food supply chains, there is cause for concern.

Could the answer be in something more than 3.5 billion years old?

Thomas Schäfer is the Chief Science Officer of Chr. Hansen, a company aiming to push the boundaries of sustainability with some of their work. From animal health to food production, there are exciting opportunities for positive changes. Lorna Logan from the Sustainable Funds Group asks how microbes can play a vital role in building a more sustainable future.

Watch the discussion in full or the highlight videos below.

Full video



Bacteria? Fungi? Lorna Logan asks a scientist to explain the oldest living form of life for the non-scientists among us.

Duration: 00:02:34

Food preservation

With 30% of processed food being wasted, the impact of better food preservation could be instrumental in reducing this waste.

Duration: 00:01:59

Plant health

In a world of chemicals, how is it possible to improve plant growth without relying on chemical interference?

Duration: 00:01:39

Animal health

The World Health Organisation have predicted possible scenarios of up to 10 million deaths from multi-resistant bacteria by 2050. Where do animal farming practices fit in?

Duration: 00:02:30