Raw, adjective: 2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture

Everyone's buzzing about last week's TED conference. The afterglow hums.

Ian shared TED's powerful Jamie Oliver talk with me, and it's worth your full attention for its rich 21:53 minutes, especially if you happen to know any small children you might want to see live into adulthood before the onset of Type 2 diabetes or liver cancer or heart disease. Oliver makes all the points we've seen made over and over by the big guys in the politics of food, emphasizing the astounding preventability of these diseases (we have so much more agency than we realize!), the need for a radical revolution in American eating habits (all that sugar and refined flour's really all so much plastic, you know), and the pressing concern that we turn this cultural ship 180 degrees around from its course toward increasingly processed packaged foods and return to a more local, fresh, seasonal, whole foods diet (gardening, baby!).

Oliver's alarmist but real; he's passionate but grounded; he's clearly a believer, and it's hugely inspirational. I like his no-bullshit style. He communicates the severity of the situation while encouraging a spirit of possibility. Watch his speech; appreciate the stark examples (that wheelbarrow of sugar, for instance); commit to teaching the little guys in your life that no, that soft round red thing is not a potato; it's a tomato, and it grows on vines, and you can do it yourself, believe it or not, with a little sunshine and water and hope.

Jamie Oliver's TED Prize Wish: Teach Every Child About Food (ted.com)


Jess(ica) said…
Loved it. Thanks for posting!

I'm so thankful that my mom taught me how to cook... just by cooking family dinners for us! Even if they included meat at every meal, the foundation was present for me to grow into a vegetarian cook.

I definitely hope to one day pass on cooking and gardening to my kiddos... in a few years when I have them, of course. :)

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