“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 appears in the documentary film Choice Point, a film about "being the change one wishes to see in the world,” and has also been filmed for the movie Bite Size, about the childhood obesity epidemic and is currently in post production. He continues to travel, speak and study farming. Birke will once again be participating in the 2nd Annual Tennessee Local Food Summit November 30 - December 1, 2012 in Nashville, TN beginning with a reception and dinner at The Sunflower Cafe. After dinner he will participate on a panel for a discussion about "Why Care About Local Food?". On Saturday he will speak to the conference along with many of his mentors including Hugh Lovel, Jeff Poppen "The Barefoot Farmer", Susana Lein, and others. The young Baehr will be on hand throughout the event to sign and share his book, "Birke on The Farm" with the attendees. For more information on the conference visit www.tnlocalfood.com. For additional information on Birke Baehr visit www.birkeonthefarm.com.
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