11 year old Birke Baehr is featured on TED.com for his talk about What is Wrong With Our Food System and How Can We Make A Difference. His talk has already been viewed over 283,000 times at Youtube and is now available to the larger TED sphere of influence. The world is ready to listen to what youth have to say. It is time to hear and integrate their wisdom.
How can we feed the world — today and tomorrow? The biggest players in the food industry, from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers, spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? This MythBusters film takes on these questions in under seven minutes.
In 1970, Henry Kissinger, at that time the United States National Security Advisor, gave the people of the world a glimpse of the type of future the status quo had in mind for them when he said: “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” Forty years later, almost one billion people don’t have enough food to eat and the people of the world are watching with growing alarm as global biotech companies try to force foods grown from GMO seeds onto their dinner plates. Why do these companies prefer GMO seeds to natural, organic seeds? Simply because they can be patented. Just as with patented pharmaceutical drugs, the patenting of seeds allows the companies who own them to control markets and make higher profits. In the area of food, therefore, the goal of the Movement of Life is to end the ‘GMO madness’ and bring an end to malnutrition and world hunger.