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Every once in awhile, a trend or theme emerges from the fire-hose-blast of links, info, and ideas that stream through our Twitter and Facebook feeds each day.

Today that theme is appreciation for the microbes responsible for creating and flavoring some of our most favorite, tangy, pungent, rich, and all-around delicious food and beverages (Cheese! Pickles! Yogurt! Sauerkraut! Salame! Beer!).

Check-out these note-worthy items that grabbed our attention today: