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love both these videos from Ted X - about the healthiest agriculture systems parallel natural ecosystems.

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Comment by Nina Dekker on January 3, 2012 at 12:51pm

I like the way he speaks and his found farm is a definite improvement but come-on:

"no force-feeding, no cruelty".  Really?  The livers magically pop out?  No harm done to the geese? The geese ends up dead, killed.  Call me funny but I think killed falls under cruelty.

Comment by Katherine Forster on January 3, 2012 at 1:12pm

Yeah I know what you mean.  But I didn't relate the goose's normal tendency to fatten up in the fall to the idea of a fatty liver.  If the industry continues to demand foie gras, I'd like to think that we could meet that demand in a much more humane way.  Living cage-free in a setting where they feel safe, eat what they want and do not get force fed is at least a step forward until the whole world goes vegan! 

Comment by Nina Dekker on January 3, 2012 at 1:19pm

I think he is more into sustainable 'for him' then sustainable for everyone on the planet.  At least in the presentation he admitted to be ego-centric.

I don't think the whole world will/needs to go vegan.  At least he should realize/admit that killing animals is cruel.

It was an interesting talk.  I love TED.  Thanks for posting.

Comment by Katherine Forster on January 3, 2012 at 4:56pm

oh cool - I see what you mean!  yeah - esp. as a chef and thinking of food as a delicacy (a product) rather than seeing it from a ecological and biocentric point of view!

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