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.”
As an addition to the TED link and the forwarded email just sent
(a religious social welfare institution being toxic to work for!)...
We need to keep remembering that,
institutions are not focussed on our wellbeing,
they are only interested in themselves.
(Like most of us most of the time?)
Owners, directors, managers, workers, sellers - are not interested in us,
they are only interested in how much they can sell to us - so that they make
more profit; please the shareholders; get promotion; keep their job.
(It is said that pharmaceutical companies are not so much interested in
drugs that cure, but drugs that keep us just alive enough to keep buying the
If you don't think this is so - check it out.
Watch and listen to the company heads/politicians/religious leaders.
Don't listen to their words, check out the body posture, facial expressions,
and tone of voice.
And there is no excuse - we need to be responsible for ourselves -
in every way.