Christian Long

Louise Fresco: Feeding the World

In TED Talks on April 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Reflection by HALEY M.

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Louise Fresco:  Feeding the World

Bread is one of the basic foods that we all eat and most of us eat bread at least once a day, if not more. Since bread is so common to all of us, that we never really think about it.

Isn’t that odd, the most common food around the world isn’t something that goes through our mind during the day?

I know for me, I never think about where it comes from or even how it is made. Hundreds of years ago, bread was something that most everyone knew how to make and were concerned about getting. Now, anyone can go to the store and buy it.

Even though it is important people know how to make bread, the industrial revolution helped our world tremendously and brought us a long way. Like Louise Fresco mentions in her talk, in the last decade supermarkets have had an impact on our lives. We can now eat foods from across the world because of these markets. As more time passes, the world will have many more industrial revolutions that will help to feed everyone.

It is interesting when Louise asks the audience to raise their hands to show which bread they would rather have and the majority of the crowd chose the home-made traditional bread over the brand name, supermarket bread. Although we choose the Wonder bread because it’s cheap and easy to get. Just like she says, this brand name, tasteless bread has changed the world.

It is true that the Industrial revoultion changed the world with the invention of machines and helped the production of food. And even though many people were replaced by machines, not everyone was replaced. There are still many farmers today that grow their own crops and produce different foods. In order to feed the whole world though, we need to increase the production of food even more.

Hopefully with everyone’s help, this change could happen and we really could feed everyone in the world.


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