Thursday, September 03, 2009

TED head

Just learned about a wonderful new source of short talks on ideas of interest and important. The TED Talks are 15-20 minute video presentations on all kinds of things, including food. Some of the ones I have enjoyed include
Ann Cooper talks school lunches - the fiery chef and head of nutrition for schools in Berkeley, CA quotes CDC stats that say up to 45 percent of school aged kids in the US will be insulin-dependent diabetics within the next decade;

Mark Bittman on what's wrong with what we eat - talking about the climate change repercussions of eating meat (he's not a vegetarian!) and the history of bad eating in the USA;

Cary Fowler: One seed at a time protecting the future of food - talking about the importance of biodiversity and the state of global seed banks in a time of climate change;

Dennis van Engelsdorp: a plea for bees - Pennsylvania's state apiarist talking about bee issues, including varroa mites, colony collapse disorder, wild pollinators, kleptoparasitic bees, and Nature Deficit Disorder.

And there's poetry too!
CK Williams reading poetry of youth and age;

Yann Arthus-Bertrand - kicking off with the Alberta tar sands - talking in pictures and words about environmentalism and Home: the movie.


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