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Ted Talks: Why You Should Be Worried About Seeds

Hits: 6288 | Rating: (2.1) | Category: Science | Added by: CaptKangaroo
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Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 36 Posts
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:02:31 PM
I'm from STL - Monsanto's HQ. Never knew much about the business until I went to college. I don't know everything they do, but I assume they try to do more good then bad.
Reducing the plant diversity does seem very bad for our large ecosystem and global population, but maybe Monsanto is shooting for large initial profits so down the road they can support a successful seed conservatory?
Then again, maybe lowering plant diversity is ok. Monsanto is taking the natural process of evolution and speeding it up by removing the "luck" factor involved. In 200 years maybe we will all be eating G.M. foods, but of a diverse nature: avocados/tomatoes/beans/peas/ that grow faster + better for cheaper, instead of relying on potatoes and corn. Again, I know nothing of the actual business or the issues involved, but from the outside it seems clean.

Male, 13-17, Canada
 299 Posts
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:47:48 AM
V Certain plants remove CO2 from the air huh? Wow that must be like...photosynthesis or something right?

Female, 40-49, Midwest US
 1805 Posts
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:17:42 PM
Also related to farming, Bill Maher interviewed a guy recently who said certain farming methods can help us remove the cause of climate change by growing crops that literally remove CO2 from the air. Not talking algae farms, btw. Besides that benefit, the rotation of those crops makes the soil better for growing food crops. Very interesting!

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2562 Posts
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:05:17 AM
This is going to be a big issue when we have to start growing our own food.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 2994 Posts
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:44:52 AM
"i got these seeds and got impatient waiting for them to grow, and when i was about to give up, like a miracle they started sprouting!"

i dont think you know what the word "miracle" means lady

Male, 40-49, Asia
 13930 Posts
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:18:52 AM
I didn't make it through. Anyone got a precis?

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 59 Posts
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:20:26 AM
Trying being the key word. Failing... the outcome. There was nothing "entertaining" about that talk. There are 1,000 other problems that require our attention and she did a poor job at obtaining mine. Look at TED's most popular talks. The speakers vary on topic but, the delivery of the message is very similar. Enthusiasm, humor, an a positive message to series problems underlies all of those talks. All elements lacking in this TED talk.

Male, 40-49, Southern US
 100 Posts
Monday, April 22, 2013 7:38:36 PM
It lagged a little but the topic is important and worth paying attention to. Plus she's pretty cute!

Male, 50-59, Southern US
 2605 Posts
Monday, April 22, 2013 6:57:11 PM
Okay Kaagan, we get it. You have a short attention span. I assume you'll grow up eventually.

And mocrules, I completely disagree with your "pompous" assessment. She's a good speaker, trying to make a rather dry message entertaining.

Yeah, it may not be a 'sexy' problem, but it IS a problem nonetheless.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1595 Posts
Monday, April 22, 2013 5:36:09 PM

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1595 Posts
Monday, April 22, 2013 5:34:51 PM

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 59 Posts
Monday, April 22, 2013 5:08:08 PM
I am all about TED Talks and the spreading of ideas but, I was having a hard time listening to this one. It wasn't the facts or the message. Reducing the plant diversity does seem counter productive to a large ecosystem. However, her delivery of the message was awful. She came across very pompous. "Over tiiiimmmeee." "75%! *wrinkle face* Okay."

Male, 50-59, Southern US
 2176 Posts
Monday, April 22, 2013 4:53:21 PM
Link: Ted Talks: Why You Should Be Worried About Seeds [Rate Link] - U.S. Government Loves Monsanto... You, not so much.

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