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Food Lessons From an 11-year old

By Holley | In Nutrition | on September 6, 2012

Birke Baehr: What’s wrong with our food system

One of my fellow nerdy friends, Scott C, shared this great TED talk with me. If you are a regular reader of this blog, then much of the information won’t be new to you, but it’s really neat to hear all of this information from a very smart and motivated 11 year old named Birke Baehr.

Birke first discusses the flashy marketing of unhealthy foods to kids and how he used to be on of the kids that would fall for the toy in the box, but after getting educated about food, he’s no longer that kid. He tells the listeners about the true environments that cows and pigs live in where they don’t eat grass or play in the mud. He covers the dangers of genetically modified seeds and confined animal food operations or CAFOs. He discusses the higher costs of organic foods, but how they pale in comparison to doctor bills of a lifetime of unhealthy food choices.

He believes in a world where organic farming can thrive and farmers will never have to use genetically modified seeds or inject their livestock with hormones, but that will only happen if consumers are educated and make healthier choices. Birke has personally impacted his siblings and cousins and asks the listeners to make a difference one kid at a time. The next time you’re at the grocery store with your kids or out to eat with your friends, take some time to talk about your food choices, even if it just for a minute, and maybe it’ll be enough to give them something to think about.

If you haven’t seen a TED talk before, I highly recommend spending some time on the website to see what you can learn. The talks cover any topic you can imagine and the influx of information can become addicting, so be prepared. This one in particular is very impressive coming from an 11-year old, and hopefully there are many more children out there like him making smart food choices, improving their quality of life and interested in preserving the future of sustainable natural foods. Share it with your harder to convince friends, maybe they’ll listen to a plea from a cute, well informed kid instead.


Happy Birthday Troy and Mark (aka M^2)

WOD 09.06.12

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12 Comments to "Food Lessons From an 11-year old"

  • Date Night says:

    September 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM -

    Happy Birthday Mark and Troy! Who knew that two beasts share the same bday? Have a great day!

  • Sara says:

    September 6, 2012 at 8:51 AM -

    Happy birthday Troy and Mark!

  • Jake says:

    September 6, 2012 at 9:11 AM -

    Happy Bday Mark and Troy. Have a good one!

  • Amanda says:

    September 6, 2012 at 9:54 AM -

    Mark, happy birthday. I’m always impressed with your ability to get up and go in the morning WODs, setting the standard for pace and performance for those of us typical attending the afternoon WODs. I don’t know whether you commit to an extra cup or two of coffee or spinach every evening before bed. I’m imperssed! Keep up the hard work!

    Troy, happy birthday! Over the past year, we have regularly been teamed together, and what a teammate you are indeed. I still remember the look on your face the first time we were paired together… I told myself, I better kick it in high gear today – I’ll only get one chance. Since then, I have always enjoyed the challenge of keeping up pace with you, holding my share of the load. It’s awesome having a friend and teammate who knows my weaknesses and challenges me to be better. For the encouragement as I recover from shoulder surgery, thank you. For that extra push in those team WODs, thanks, I think. 😉 You’re a great friend and teammate.

    I hope you both enjoy your special day.

  • M^2 says:

    September 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM -

    Happy birthday Troy!

    Thanks, y’all!
    Amanda: just trying to keep up with you evening folks! 😉

  • Laura says:

    September 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM -

    Happy birthday Mark and Troy!!

  • Troy says:

    September 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM -

    Thanks everyone

    Happy birthday mark.

  • Stephanie says:

    September 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM -

    Happy Birthday Troy & Mark!!
    Hope you are having a super awesome day :)

  • kathy says:

    September 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM -

    Happy Birthday Troy! Happy Birthday Mark! Hope you are having fabulous days!

  • Michael H says:

    September 6, 2012 at 9:45 PM -

    HBD T&M! Have you guys had a kick ass day. 2.15 hrs left in your day to cause havoc!

  • Josh says:

    September 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM -

    Happy birthday to both of you guys! Keep crushing those workouts!

  • Brian says:

    September 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM -

    a late happy birthday to you both… hope you had a great day!

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