Like farmer like pig
A recent study by scientists at the South China Agricultural University, China, has found that working on a pig farm can affect your gut microbiome. Comparing the bacteria in both human and pig faecal matter, the researchers noticed that swine farm workers had gut bacterial compositions that were more similar to the pigs, and were significantly less diverse than the local villagers. The study also showed that the farmhands harboured more bacteria from the groups of bacteria that include a wide variety of pathogens, such as E. coli and Salmonella. On the other hand, the villagers’ faeces contained more bacteria from the Bacteroidetes phylum, many of which are considered important for gut health.