William Li: Can we starve cancer?

Blood vessels are an extremely vital part of the body. Not having enough blood vessels leads to wounds that don't heal, but too many blood vessels leads to cancer, obesity, Alzheimer's and over 70 other diseases. These diseases look very different but all trace back to having too many blood vessels. Li focuses on cancer because unbalanced angiogenesis is the hallmark of every type of cancer. 100% of the population will have a microscopic cancer in the thyroid by the time they are 70. But without a blood supply they will never be dangerous. This is how cancer goes from harmless to deadly. We can treat cancer by cutting off the blood supply. There are things in the diet that can treat angiogensis naturally. Changing diet has implications for cancer research, obesity and many other diseases with high monetary and physical costs. 

Roger Doiron: My subversive garden plot

Roger Doiron: My subversive garden plot

Gardens grow good food-food that is healthy, nutritious and safe. Gardens grow good families that know how to work hard and provide for themselves. A third important point is that gardens also grow important economic savings for families. Roger shows that he has saved well over 2,000 dollars in one year by growing his own food. Growing your own garden will save you money, give you confidence in your personal nutrition, and feed our growing population. 

Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

There is a tremendous amount of good food that ends up in dumpsters. This video relates information about the large amount of money that is being thrown out with the food. The United States currently produces 4 times the food that it needs. Tristam Stuart held an event where he fed 5,000 people with food that would have otherwise been wasted. We should stop relying on systems that produce large amounts of food that ultimately end up being thrown away or change the way we use food in order to reduce the costs associated with waste-either on a large scale or within our own consumption practices. 

Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects?

There are 6 million species of insects on Earth and more than 1,000 species of insects are already being eaten all around the globe. The human population will grow to about 9 billion in 2050. How are we going to feed the world? This video gave an interesting case for insects as an alternative meat source that is both nutritious and environmentally friendly. 

Jaime Oliver: Teach every child about food 

Diet-related disease is now the biggest killer in the United States. The cost of obesity is now more than smoking. Obesity costs Americans 10 percent of health-care bills (150 billion a year) and will double in 10 years. A large part of the problem has been the shift from local to processed food, increased portion sizes, and misleading labels. 

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

These two cooks/scientists are using chemistry to create dishes with new ingredients. For example, they made a hamburger using the same thing cows eat-corn, beets, and barley. They also use miracle berries (a berry that can mask sour taste receptors and make things taste sweet) to eliminate the need for sugar in confectionary products and sodas. These innovate ideas will result in widespread economic benefits. It will reduce waste, food miles, and save a tremendous amount of money. 

Ludwick Marishane: A bath without water

Over 2.5 billion don't have access to sanitary water. Diseases like Trachoma affect 8 million people a year but could be prevented by just washing your face. Marishane invented DryBath, which is the world's first bath-substituting lotion. It convient and is actually a lifesaver for people in poor community. 

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+ 

There is lot of confusion around what really helps us live a long, healthy life. Dan Buettner debunks some common myths about longevity. He analyzes several cultures both in and outside of the United States that have high populations of centurions. He concluded that while many sources place great emphasis on diet for longevity, that diets don't work for more than 2 percent of the population. According to Buettner, having friends and going on adventures is the thing that will add more years to life. 

Barry Schuler: Genomics 101

This TED talk covered the use of genetic sequencing as it pertains DNA in humans, plants and microbes. The main argument was that focusing on genetic sequencing for food will lead to disease resistance, higher yields without high farming costs, and expansion of possible climates. Although it seemed promising in the beginning, the video lacked in terms of delivery and didn't maintain my interest towards the end. 

Benjamin Wallace: The price of happiness

Benjamin Wallace analyzes some of the world's most expensive products and searches to find and answers about food superiority. He sampled about a dozen of the most expensive products in the world to see if consuming expensive foods and products really does make one happier. In EKG studies, people reported a higher level of happiness when they thought the product they were consuming had a higher price tag-even when the products were the same. Interestingly enough, their brain showed an increase in pleasure as well.