As it turns out, there are a plethora of TED talks about food. Seeing as it’s summer and we could all use some mildly-educational shows to binge on, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of every single TED talk revolving around food. They’ll make you sound smart during awkward small talk at internships and family reunions. Happy watching.
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Chicago-based chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche are revolutionizing the way we prepare and eat food. They’ve got all the bells and whistles: edible pictures of sushi, carrot cake nitrogen balloons, desserts that look like ballpark nachos, and bleeding veggie burgers. This is “mind ripping” stuff.
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Freeganism is the name of the game for Tristam Stuart. Watch him drop some seriously shocking facts, then pull them out to use on your picky friends when they throw out their perfectly edible leftovers.
Ron Finley is fighting food deserts with sidewalk gardens in Los Angeles. He’s my new hero.
Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill, is the ultimate investigator of sustainable fish. Watch him tell his fishy love story, beginning at Veta La Palma, with deadpan humor and shockingly accurate observations.
Christien Meindertsma sheds light on the scary afterlife of a pig. Swine is in everything, from toothpaste and wine to bread and bullets.
“Looking into the eyes of someone dying of hunger becomes a disease of the soul.”
Ever wondered about the origin of the fortune cookie? Or of Chinese-American food in general? Watch and learn.
“Made in America” isn’t always awesome.
Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma will make you question your existence on this planet. All of nature is basically trolling us.
Everything you’ll ever need to know about bees and colony collapse. Excuse me while I go start my own hive.
I hope you like seafood because according to Jackie Savitz, fish are the future to feeding the ever-growing world population.
Fish seem like a common theme when it comes to fixing our food system.
Jamie Oliver is basically synonymous with the health food movement. He’s like a male, British Michelle Obama. And he knows his sh*t.
Louise Fresco ditched the standard formula: clicker + powerpoint = TED talk and went straight to baking bread, which is apparently something frat guys do.
The speaker, Birke Baeher, proves there’s hope for the future. An eleven-year-old with a southern accent, he knows more about our food system than anyone, except maybe Michael Pollen. I feel inferior.
Graham Hill presents a pretty good solution to (half) convert the meat-lovers to vegetarianism. Hey, you still get to eat burgers on the weekend.
There are 6 million species of bugs on this planet. Yum, protein.
According to TED talks, everything.