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.
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