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What if we could grow delicious, nutrient-dense food, indoors anywhere in the world? Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Get to know Harper’s “food computers” and catch a glimpse of what the future of farming might look like. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at Follow TED news on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel: Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsUpdates from our future city | Kent Larson, Ryan Chin, Caleb Harper and Ira Winder | TEDxBostonEasy Vertical Hydroponics Tower Garden – Even Beginners Can Grow FoodThis New Method of Farming Could Change Where Our Food Comes From | TimeGrow food at home with this Indoor Garden: Click & Grow Robot GardenThis IKEA indoor garden lets you grow your own foodTHESIS 2013 RMUTT – INNOVATION VERTICAL FARMING FOR FUTURE IN BANGKOK (HD)

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  • jessse pinkman 8 months ago

    why not chicken?

  • Frédéric Gentil 8 months ago

    Shut up and take my money!

  • Budd B 8 months ago

    Mac Hill who sent you

  • Really wish more people may see this

  • Tom Starwalker 8 months ago

    Resilient systems are inefficient in producing a single species, and efficiency reduces resilience. An emergency response kit must be efficient, but resiliency requires planning tolerant to damage. Technology applies in intensive cultivation, bioreactors, incubation, storage, gene-editing and so on, but the base system still is an ecosystem. You still need a botanist to provide for the environment the machines enhance.

  • Ted Johnson 8 months ago

    Would you please link the locations of these food computers? (I'm trying to find the one in Minneapolis… no luck yet.)

  • Midhlaj C S 8 months ago


  • Rachel Fagan, Singer 8 months ago

    good speaker!!! awesome work!

  • Antje Cobbett 8 months ago

    Brilliant! Just brilliant! I'm coming along for the ride! Thank you so much for your research, testing and making this food growing system available to everybody around the world! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • SamyaDaleh 8 months ago

    What's wrong with the average apple in the supermarkt being 11 month old? I think it's a good thing to have apples on stock in case of a crisis.

  • Jérôme Vuarand 8 months ago

    We feed 7 billion people. Just ignore the ones starving.

  • farmertoad75 8 months ago

    Caleb Harper, you have no clue what you are doing, I have seen what you can grow and you are right your plants are telling you something. Give me what I need and you suck! lol

  • Peter C 8 months ago

    can someome explain to me concisely what this does exactly? im a little confused

  • Human #6,201,104,293 8 months ago

    if a seventh grader does not know there is water in the air our education system is failing…

  • Human #6,201,104,293 8 months ago

    if a seventh grader does not know there is water in the air our education system is failing…

  • nery colon 1 8 months ago

    Amazing. Must see it again. I shared it in FaceBook and my blog. also subbed.

  • Aubrey J. 8 months ago

    Well.. bad news for agriculture

  • Bad Strophes 8 months ago

    This is the perfect analogy to explain human behavior. Just replace the word plant with the word human. People are who they are mostly because their environment shaped them. if we could reproduce a good environment everywhere, we would get rid of tastless fruits (bad human behavior) !

  • Wagner Pástor 8 months ago

    this is remarkable, I love when people work together to make the world a better place for healthy food. thanks a lot. There is steel hope