Ted Talk – Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

Another interesting Ted Talk, in light of our current read.

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 11.10.37 PMSynopsis from the website:

“Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible — but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

Tristram Stuart sounds the warning bell on global food waste, calling for us to change the systems whereby large quantities of produce and other foods end up in trash heaps.”

Click here to access the talk.


The Gene Revolution, The Future of Agriculture: Dr. Thierry Vrain

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 3.50.31 PMDr. Thierry Vrain, formerly Head of Biotechnology at Agriculture Canada’s Summerland Research Station, gave a great talk about the problems with genetic modification for TEDxComoxValley.  In it, he identified six major problems he now has as a former bioengineer:

  • funding for studies is largely coming from the biotech industry
  • superweeds
  • contamination
  • superbugs
  • genetic pollution
  • allergens

Click here to access the talk.

Ted Talk: Jamie Oliver “Teach Every Child About Food”

Another great Ted Talk we thought we’d share…….

“Your child will live a life ten years younger than you because of the landscape of food that we’ve built around them.” (Jamie Oliver)

Jamie OliverSynopsis from the website:

“Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

Jamie Oliver is transforming the way we feed ourselves, and our children.”

To watch the video, click here.

Ted Talk: Birke Baehr “What’s wrong with our food system” (Spoiler: He’s only 11 years old!)

Birke BaehrSynopsis from the website:

11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food — far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production. (Filmed atTEDxNextGenerationAshevillen.)

Birke Baehr wants us to know how our food is made, where it comes from, and what’s in it. At age 11, he’s planning a career as an organic farmer.

To watch the video, click here.

TEDxManhattan Talk: Urvashi Rangan “From Fables to Labels”

In light of the recent food labeling crisis in Europe (and our upcoming book read–when you preserve food yourself, you know what’s actually in it!), we thought we’d share this interesting and informative lecture about food labeling in the US by Urvashi Rangan, Director – Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group at Consumers Union:

Synopsis from the website:

“In this video, 10 different food labels, including “natural,” “fresh,” “free range,” and other widely used labels–are critiqued by Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., who leads the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports.

Rangan joined Consumers Union in 1999 and developed a website, called Eco-labels, to evaluate environmental claims on food and other product labels. Now this databased content is part of GreenerChoices.org and also is available as an iPhone and iPad app.”

To watch the video, click here.

To learn more about labeling to safety to nutrition from her website, click here.

Ted Talk: Crop Biodiversity & Food Security

“According to Indian crop ecologist Vandana Shiva, humans have eaten some 80,000 plant species in our history. After recent precipitous changes, three-quarters of all human food now comes from just eight species, with the field quickly narrowing down to genetically modified corn, soy, and canola.” ~Barbara Kingsolver: page 49 of her book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. (and the next read for our April 16th meeting!)

The loss of agricultural (and general) biodiversity is one of the greatest environmental challenges we are currently facing.

To learn more, click here for a Ted Talk featuring Cary Fowler, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

Click here for more information on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

Ted Talk: Mark Bittman “What’s Wrong with What We Eat”

In light of of upcoming meeting, we thought we’d share a Ted Talk Mark Bittman did, back in 2007, on the very themes we’ll be discussing. We’ll see all of you on Tuesday, March 5th!

“I’ll never stop eating animals, I’m sure, but I do think that for the benefit of everyone, the time has come to stop raising them industrially and stop eating them thoughtlessly” (Mark Bittman)

Mark BittmanSynopsis from the website:

“In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what’s wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it’s putting the entire planet at risk.

Mark Bittman is a bestselling cookbook author, journalist and television personality. His friendly, informal approach to home cooking has shown millions that fancy execution is no substitute for flavor and soul.”

To watch the video, click here.