Feeding the world: oh not organic

Van Mensvoort
June 4th 2009

Daring talk by agriculture expert Louise Fresco, who has the guts to break the organic trance of the fashionably-natural-farmers-market people at TED.

During her talk she is holding up two loaves, one in each hand: Wonder Bread, and artisian whole meal bread. Fresco says that we feel whole meal bread is more real, more honest, more authentic.

"Why do we feel that whole meal bread has these attributes? Because we connect it to a mythical agricultural past, of Tuscan farms. We have mythical image of how life was in rural areas in the past. The reality is quite different. These poor farmers had hard lives."

"200 years ago we had industrial revolution. It brought us power, mechanization, fertilizer, drove up yields. Horrible things like picking beans by hand is automated. All this is a great improvement. We've enveloped world in dense chain of supermarkets with global trade, we can eat food from around the world. "

"You may prefer the artisanal bread, but don't despise the white bread. Bread and food have become plentiful and affordable to all. It has changed the world."

"As food became plentiful it also meant we were able to decrease the number of people working in agriculture. Only 1% of people are farmers. It frees us up to do other things and not worry about food. Never before have so few people been responsible for feeding the rest of the world. And we are oblivious."

Via BoingBoing. Related post: Organic Coke.

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Posted 21/09/2012 – 08:19

Isn’t the problem with world hunger more to do with ‘unequal distribution’ as opposed to ‘not having enough food to feed the world’?
North Americans throw out so much food every year! My brother works at a supermarket and he told me that they throw out huge amounts of food (due to expiry). Also they purposefully order way too much food product items just to ‘look good’ to the consumer, many of which ended up being throw out!

Posted 14/06/2010 – 16:01

you want organic? eat the plants before they are processed by machines into bread

Posted 23/09/2009 – 04:09

Oh PLEASE! What GMO pushing super-corp paid her off? Our "Wonder Bread" food system uses our children to dispose of our agricultural food waste by teaching us via TV and propaganda in order to teach them that "Wonder Bread" is actually food. TEACH YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN TO GARDEN! We're better off to stop eating bread altogether....

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