If you’re looking to expand your horizons about the way you eat, look no further than TED — the popular talks on technology, entertainment, and design.
TED speakers have explored everything from life-extending diets to technologies that could revolutionize how the world grows food.
Below, check out some of our favorite short talks on agriculture and food.
“What’s wrong with what we eat” by Mark Bittman
In this funny and passionate talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman lays out the problems with the standard American diet. He says we eat too much meat, not enough plants, too much fast food, and we rarely cook at home. All these things are putting the planet at risk, but there are simple changes we can make in our everyday lives to curb that.
“Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce” by Malcolm Gladwell
“Tipping Point” author Malcolm Gladwell talks about Howard Moskowitz, an American psychophysicist known for creating new spaghetti sauces for Prego. By offering consumers as many choices as possible, Moskowitz hoped they would find their favorite one.
In his talk, Gladwell delves into the nature of choices and happiness. He believes that in reality, no one knows what they really want deep down.
“Why dieting doesn’t usually work” by Sandra Aamodt
In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they’re 10 years old. In this talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt shares her struggles with dieting in order to get to a larger point of how our brains manage our bodies.
She breaks down the science behind why dieting doesn’t work and how it can harm our minds and bodies. In addition, she suggests ideas for how to eat more intuitively and live a less diet-obsessed life.