I value the life-energy of the carrot (TED Lesson-9)

We’re going back to 2010 again this week for a TED Talk by Graham Hill. You may remember his 2011 talk “Less Stuff, More Happiness” which we used at IEB in Musashi Sakai. It was later introduced on Super Presentation, the Wednesday night NHK show featuring TED Talks. I always enjoy Graham. His messages are clear and simple.

Graham’s 2010 talk is about vegetarianism. Although I am not a vegetarian, I choose to eat more vegetables and fish than meat. I do this because it’s better for the environment and better for my body. Really, better for the environment equals better for my body and vice versa.

Some people choose to become vegetarians because they think it’s morally OK to eat plants but not OK to eat animals. Personally, I don’t see a difference between plants, humans, animals or even rocks. We are all energy and eating is a way of exchanging energy. Maybe I am weird but I talk to my food as I am cooking it. I also talk to my plants just like I used to talk to my cat. I value the life-energy of the carrot as much as the cow. How about you? Leave me a comment below.


1. How often do you eat meat?
2. Are you a vegetarian? If so, why? If not, have you ever considered becoming one?


1. How do you feel about Graham’s plan?
2. How have your eating habits changed since you were a child?


Watch the talk again and listen for these words and phrases. Try making a sentence with one and make it part of your own vocabulary.

what was once…now is
my taste buds
sound familiar?
major culprits
processed meats
ask yourself
What’s stopping you from…

You can download a copy of the questions and transcript here. Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me what you think about the talk.


  1. Mikaela Hicks on June 18, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Thanks for sharing that Ted talk. I am a big proponent of less meat. It’s convincing my Midwest raised, “meat and potatoes” boyfriend that he doesn’t need 6oz of meat every night. I usually cook some and give it to him and I eat just the veggies. I like the idea of having less of an impact on the environment. We are actually talking about getting a chicken coop so that we can raise our own eggs and cut down on pkg waste of cartons that way. Have you heard if raising chickens is a good or bad thing? Am I kidding myself to think that I’m reducing my footprint this way? I really like eggs as a source of protein. Tasty and easy for me to digest. Thoughts?

    • Marci on June 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Eggs are my main source of animal protein. If I had to give up all animal protein, I think eggs would be the most difficult for me. I just love how compact and seemingly sustainable they are. I’m not really sure though if they are much better for the environment. I just might have to research that!

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