North Americans can and do choose to spend 30% or more on organic or market-differentiated food because we can. We’re an incredibly wealthy society, by and large, and are only required to spend about 8% of our income on food. So does that give us the right to condemn those who can’t afford to pay to support a “food philosophy”?
That’s just one of the key messages Rob Saik brings forward in his TEDx talk given recently at the event in Red Deer, Alberta.
A staunch supporter of technology’s use in agriculture, Saik shares some of his own experiences in developing countries, talks about food security, the fear of chemicals and the very real threat of fanaticism causing suffering around the globe.
Below is Saik’s 20 minute talk that busts some commonly held myths about modern food production and challenges those in the audience to think a little less about themselves and a little more about the long-term demands of our food production systems.
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