“I really wanted to create something that kids could enjoy reading with great pictures but also something that shared my message. A lot of people think that my parents influenced me but my story tells about how my asking questions and figuring this stuff out on my own changed the way my whole family thinks about food,” said Birke. “I hope that kids who read my book are inspired to grow a garden, meet a farmer and really think beyond all the flashy commercials and advertising around food,” thirteen year old Baehr stated, “we all have what it takes to make a difference.”
Birke Baehr is now a thirteen year old internationally known youth advocate for organic food and sustainable farming practices. Birke's mission is to educate others about the problems of the industrialized food system, while presenting solutions for that system through advocating the alternative choices of local, organic, and sustainable food. Birke was named one of six child environmentalists who have already made a change in the world by TreeHugger.com. He has been featured on television, websites, podcasts, newspapers and magazines, Birke's 2010 TEDx Next Generation talk, "What's Wrong With Our Food System," is the most viewed TEDx talk of all time, with close to 2,000,000 views. Birke will be appearing in two documentary films: Bite Size, about childhood obesity and Choice Point, a film about "being the change one wishes to see in the world." He continues to travel, speak and study farming. The book can be ordered by visiting www.birkeonthefarm.com or in Asheville at Malaprops Books and in Black Mountain at Black Mountain Farmers Market and Town Hardware and General Store. Baehr will be on hand to sign books at the Black Mountain Tailgate Market on Saturday, September 1st from 9 am to 12 pm and at Asheville’s Organicfest on Saturday, September 8th from 10 am to 6pm.
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