11 year old Birke Baehr wanted to become a NFL superstar when he got older, but changed his mind and now wants to be an organic farmer so that he can make a REAL difference in the world. You gotta love his enthusiasm, his passion and his intelligent, straight-to-the-point reasoning.
In five minutes, he hits on all of the biggest problems with our food system (no easy feat!) and tells kids what they can do differently to make a positive impact. Over 200,000 people have watched his TEDx Next Generation Asheville talk on sustainable food, making him the movement’s youngest star. Move over, Jamie Oliver because this kids gotta whole lifetime to change the way his generation eats:
My favorite quote of his is "We can either pay the organic farmer or spend the money on hospital bills, the choice is easy for me"! You can spend $50 for your grocery bill now, or $600,000 in medical bills later. Which would you rather do? Do you think Birke Baehr would come to speak at your school? : )
An excerpt from an article written on ecocentric.org...
A lot of people think what you’re doing is great because it proves that kids can care and be informed about food sustainability. What do you think are the most important steps we can take to get more kids to where you are at?
Birke: At first I didn’t know what was going on with our food system, so I think if people understand and are educated about what’s wrong they would do better. You know better, you do better.