What’s Wrong With Our Food System?
An Internationally recognized speaker and youth advocate for sustainable food and agriculture, Birke has visited and worked at farms around the United States and recently returned from a stint on an organic farm in Italy. He has attended seminars with renowned farmer and author, Joel Salatin who has mentored Birke in his pursuit of new thinking about food and agriculture. Birke continues his education in this genre and expects to be a sustainable organic agriculturist in the future.
He has a passion for educating others, especially his peers, about the destructiveness of the industrialized food system and the enlightening alternatives of sustainable and organic farming, food and practices. Birke was the youngest presenter at TEDx Next Generation Asheville (Aug. ’10) where he gave the talk entitled, “What’s Wrong With our Food System” which became the most watched TEDx talk of all time with over 350,000+ views. The talk was also featured on TED.com. Birke is passionate about continuing to spread his message for change, as he says in his TEDx talk, “one kid at a time”. Since then he has had the privilege to introduce keynote speaker, Joel Salatin, at the Nevada County Grown Sustainable Food and Farm Conference. Wowed, the audience at the Organic Growers Association’s IGNITE! Agriculture event in North Carolina, spoken at the Tennessee Organic Growers Association, appeared on the Italian television show, “Il Senso Della Vita” with Paolo Bonolis and given a talk to the students of John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.