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Originally posted by sarahlm
The fight against Monsanto has heated up like never before, especially with the recent March Against Monsanto and other campaigns that have been rooted in similar activism. But the simple reality is that it doesn’t take a PHD to realize how Monsanto’s genetic manipulation of the food supply is an assault on the health of the world — an experiment to which we do not know the full extent of the damage. Instead, as 11-year-old Birke Baehr shows us, it simply takes a bit of research.
This kid is awesome. He knows his own mind and did his own research and came to his own conclusion.
He talks more sense in 5 minutes than most adults I know.
My faith in humanity: restored.
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Originally posted by watchitburn
While I agree with the message. (I despise Monsanto and everything they stand for)
I disagree with using children in such a way.
11 year old kids can be relatively intelligent. But, they lack the experience and context required to develop informed opinions of such things.
In a nut shell, he is a parrot taught to regurgitate what he has been told.
That is my opinion of this. Could I be wrong? Sure, but I don't think so.
Their intentions may be in the right place, but using kids makes them no better than Monsanto.
CONTROVERSY - Alot of people are commenting on YouTube, blogs and other internet places that I didn't write my TEDx Talk and that my Mom and Dad wrote it for me. This is NOT True!! I wrote it myself, yes, my Mom looked at it and helped with grammar and stuff but no one wrote it for me. You see, I've been learning about all of this stuff since I was 8 yrs. old. I saw a post online over my mother's shoulder about mercury being in HFCS-high fructose corn syrup. I still went to public school then and had learned about mercury in science. I asked my Mom what HFCS was and she told me it was what made sodas sweet. We didn't usually have soda at home but my parents let us order it at restaurants. We ate conventional food although my Mom did cook a lot but she still bought packaged stuff and we even ate fast food. When I started looking into this thing about HFCS I just got more and more curious, and it led me to discover all of the things I talk about in my TEDx Talk. I was the youngest presenter at the TEDxNextGeneration Asheville event and the time they gave me was only 5 minutes, it's awfully hard to talk about very complicated subjects in a little time, that's why I used the fish and tomato it was simple and easy to understand. And yes, there was a GMO tomato that had fish DNA in it, it was called the 'flavr savr' tomato. It was not taken out of the stores because of it being a GMO but that it just wasn't any good and the industry wasn't making any money on it. I have done a ton of research but to say something about every study that I got my info from would have taken away from the time I spent on my message. As I kept on finding out things about food, how it's grown and how it ends up at our homes, I kept on my parents not to buy food that I just didn't feel good about eating. Even before I started on all of this my parent's friends would always say that talking to me was like talking to a little adult. I'm not sure why I am this way, some people say I am an old soul, I think I know what that means but I will leave it up to you for what you think. I am still very much a kid, I pick on my brother and sister. I ride my bike and play outside a lot. I like to play football still when I get the chance. I just wanted to say a little bit about all this stuff. It sure does get under my skin a little bit when people say someone told me to say this stuff or wrote it for me. It makes me wonder about about a lot of things about why people think that kids can't think or do stuff for themselves. As I learned about things that's what got me interested in visiting farms and going to workshops and learning what we can do to change. I don't know about you but I want to live a long time and be real healthy while I'm doing it. I just hope what I'm doing helps others to wake up a little to that thinking too. -Birke Baehr (11 years old, Oct. 2010)
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
I guess plagiarizing comments and thoughts from a variety of documentaries found on the net passes for research and understanding these days. Nothing original was said, we all ready knew what he told us.
Many hard working intelligent people spent many years researching and collating this information. He just repeated their findings and now hes a hero beyond his years..please.
The kid went to an organic farm and met with the farmer... He saw the pigs and cows...