Ted Radio Hour

"Food Matters" features a cornucopia of great TED Talks about food: growing it, cooking it, consuming it -- and making sure there's enough for everyone. Biodiversity expert Cary Fowler is looking to save seeds to protect the future of food. Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and explains how ancient food routes shaped the modern world. Chef Ann Cooper has some fighting words about what's in kids' lunches. And Chef Dan Barber tells the story of the best fish he ever ate, raised in Spain using a revolutionary farming method.

HOST: Alison Stewart

Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.

The varieties of food grown today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change. Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank under a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores millions of seeds for whatever tomorrow may bring. Also, Chef Ann Cooper (dubbed "the renegade lunch lady") has some fighting words about what should been on a child's tray in the cafeteria.

Chef Dan Barber chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.

Guests: 

Carolyn Steel, Cary Fowler, Ann Cooper and Dan Barber.

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