Dan Barber as a chef and author offers his knowledge about nutrition and diet through his experience that he has earned on his farm and his award winning restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns located along the Hudson River in New York. I as a nutritionist have a very good idea of the nutritional values of a food ingredients but Dan offers the knowledge of farming and the impact of different plants to the soil and the environment. The relation of growing food and the type of food offered by Dan is the same argument that has existed for last few decades with Agra business with their unsustainable farming practices on the other side of the isle. Rotation and variety attracts many different healthy bugs as well as offer nutrients to soil but instead big Agra tries to achieve the maximum yield per acre with the same crop year after year with heavy use of chemicals which encourage the super-bugs and destruction of habitat for all healthy organism. We humans truly have a lot to lose regardless how sophisticated and intelligent creations we may consider ourselves unless we address issues raised by Dan.
Dan covers the Veta La Palma fish farm in his TED TALK. Amazing story of human accomplishment by Spain but yet embarrassing to other countries with wealth and knowledge where they lack the simple equation of ecosystem in their own environment especially for US where they could have created the bigger version of Veta La Palma farm in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.