Last month, an 11-year-old had much to say about the perils of the American food system. Speaking at a TED conference for young people called TEDx in Asheville, North Carolina, Birke Baehr discussed food irradiation, GMOs, CAFOs, farm run-off, the problem with marketing food to kids and more, all in five minutes. On the subject of paying more for better quality food, Baehr said, “With all the things I’m learning about the food system, it seems to me that we can either pay the farmer or pay the hospital.”
He also talked about his future aspirations. “Awhile back I wanted to be an NFL football player. Now, I’ve decided I’d rather be an organic farmer instead,” he said to the cheering audience. “That way I can have a greater impact on the world.”
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As a matter of fact, he saw a post when he was 8 about mercury in HFCS which spurred his curiousity thus changing how our entire family thinks about food.
Appreciate your work...and it is inspiring for my web site smartlifeways.com
I would say he's great! My kid did a project like this at 11 for her 5th grade exhibition project. If they can "get it" why can't we?
Oh, and I love kale chips and shun sparkly cereal too!
Congrats to Tricia for raising a great little aware and concerned citizen there!
We have all been eating GMO foods without any negative effects. As for HFCS, it is essentially the same as table sugar. Your body turns all sugar and all other carbohydrates into glucose. Your body does not know or care where the carbohydrates came from. As for chemicals; in general most plants are made up of 10,000 chemicals give or take a few hundred. If you listed the chemicals in your organic tomato it would scare the organic fiber out of you. Most plants make their own pesticides as well and most of these natural pesticides are more toxic then man made pesticides. The toxicity is in the does! That is anything in excess can kill you and almost everything has a safe level of ingestion.
In the end should this boy grow up still thinking for 67 years is he still wrong? Better yet, what harm is it doing to your way of thinking personally if he decides to think this way?