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Pushing Boundaries in Agriculture | Rob Saik | TEDxRedDeer


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Robert Saik, CEO of The Agri-Trend Group of Companies is a Professional Agrologist and a Certified Agricultural Consultant. As founder of The Agri-Trend Group, Robert has been involved in the development of many new business processes and spearheaded several advancements in technology integration in agriculture. Agri-Trend has been nominated one of Canada’s 2012 Top 50 Best Managed Companies and was recognized by Venture Magazine as one of Alberta’s 2013 top 25 Most Innovative Organizations. Robert is a Director of Westerner Park, 2014-2015 Chairman of Agri-Trade Show, past Director of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce, and serves on The Red Deer Chamber of Commerce Ag Policy Committee as well as Adviser to The Canadian Management Council, The Farm Progress Show and The Red Deer College.
In July 2014, Robert was appointed by the Premier of the Province of Alberta to the Innovation Council, a think-tank on technology integration and innovation leadership. He is a passion keynote speaker addressing audiences on the importance of modern agriculture. He is also the author of the Amazon bestseller, “The Agriculture Manifesto” – 10 Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the Next Decade.

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  1. Beeby Sill says

    kinda sus you cant even name the "blind girl" but you can say why she's blind lmao

  2. Christopher Haines says

    Well, that talk didn't age well.

  3. Aditya Thakur says

    Technology is not bad but when u add blind capitalism to it.

  4. Ms Mohammed says

    Or you can use your power and money to help those poor people plant normal seeds that we have been eaten for decades because GMO means sick people . They don’t die immediately but they suffer for years because their body cant recognize GMO products and then starts to collapse slowly .

    So it was not correct information when he said people who died from GMO is zero.

    Say no to GMO . if you care about poor people help them grow natural organic plants . That is more ethical than forcing poor people to eat GMO food that will kill them slowly

  5. Nabil Eskandar says

    this guy has no idea what he is talking about. he must be republican

  6. Martin Jones says

    Monsanto had to pay out millions because there weed killer's was causing cancer

  7. Aron Bardocz says

    Sponsored by Monsanto… 😀

  8. James Thomas says

    GMO's are NOT the solution!!
    Simple solution is, grow foods that won't be affected by those fungus's, viruses, etc… and trade them for the foods you want, from farmers that are able to grow cassava, corn and rice.

    It's very easy to move crops to a new area to grow. You don't need GMO seeds

    These GMO companies don't care about the well-being of those people, they only care about the money they can make from selling them seeds, year after year after year. Why? Because the people will NEVER own the seeds, the seeds belong to the company that modified them. If they decide to double the price, farmers are at their mercy.

    Better to stick with seeds that nature has provided you with and find a new field where the crops won't be subject to disease, viruses or fungus.

    Why would anyone eat something that insects won't eat???

  9. Nobody . says

    "I have 30 PHD's and 58 Masters" – so do Governments whom control Atomic Bombs . This means literally nothing, and to say it as an intro gets me worried .

    No amount of PHD's or Masters can rid themselves of paper or pennies . No PHD or Masters means good morals or ethics . It simply means, people that have more ability in their hands to do whatever the payee wants them to do .

    Its really that simple .

  10. Dustin Dodson says

    How much is Monsanto paying him for this speech?

  11. Del Price says

    Industrial Ag shill

  12. david t says

    Diabetes didn't exist before processed sugar and foods. If plants are fed the right nutrients insects and disease wouldn't be a issue. A healthy plant will have minimal attack from these. Whats the definition of a expert? x marks the spot a a spurt is a drip under pressure.

  13. Doopliss77 says

    Great information

  14. Greggory Schmelzer says

    Thank you.

  15. Brendon Greathouse says

    Dude that's why oranges have sucked so bad lately!

  16. Greg Taylor says

    Grow your own heritage crops . Get off your arses and put in a vegetable garden. Grow your own food. Fruit as well.

  17. Acoustic Jams says

    What a tool. I’m open to the idea of gmo’s once proven safe beyond doubt. But this guy is a corporate tool.

  18. Michel Palmer says

    this Rob Salk is a counter spin by industry , using science base belief lingo to justify the Agri bis misinformation campaign , this came on automatically after DR Thierry Vrain expose of Roundup and Monsanto GMO Roundup ready crops . Why does a Monsanto paid add rep come up next on You tube ???? why are TED Talks allowing big bis adds to come up after information on the complicity of believing that the Monsanto science is even based on peer review . this guy is a bull spinner , a belief manipulation , by using fear and small mind approach logic .

  19. madyak222 says

    GMO's have caused multiple issues in the US, continental bee die off a rash of farmers losing their farms due to monsanto suing farmers when unwanted GMO seeds blow onto their land and sprout without having a signed 'agreement with Monsanto???,
    it's a pity that monsanto created GMO's to make herbicide resistant plants, to increase the use of roundup, it's a pity monsanto lied about the safety of roundup for decades. It's a pity roundup is carceogenic. If GMO creation focused on creating therapeutically beneficial plants monsanto . In India GMO's are causing a massive disaster as they fail to grow in local conditions and produce the returns Monsanto advertises, so hundreds of subsistence indian farmers commit suicide every year.

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  21. Monarchial Entertainment, Barbados. says

    "We need to feed these people" ????????????????????

  22. Gaiandreamer says

    Sorry Rob, economics is still in the driver's seat whether it be organics or GMO. Human survival depends on shifting to a sustainable paradigm …as long as profit dictates human survival, Monsanto's modus operandi, our species is doomed.

  23. Alexis Keiser says

    You can flog GMOs and pesticides all you want, but I CAN'T eat them without having unpleasant side effects, signs of allergy or feeling bad! I avoid conventional soy, corn, wheat, and on and on. Plus giving up the grain fed toxic meats. All I can say is that you can TELL me all you want that this sh** is safe but I still don't want to eat it and will PAY handsomely to avoid it.

  24. Alexis Keiser says

    He mocks the cost of organic but if you factor the health costs of industrial foods you will soon discover that organic is MUCH less expensive than "conventional". The health care costs of the US diet, based on Big Ag products are rapidly consuming close, I believe, to 20% of GDP.

  25. Megan Pertshampoo says

    RNAI tech gene SILENCING.

  26. alan artur demitrov fernandes says

    why are there so may making propaganda for gmos?
    They always como as concerned about the poor and the farmer however these companies dont care much about making crops make the unproductive for other crops, they keep the farmers hostage in a debt trap, only in India there has been 250.000 suicides linked to GMOs

  27. Paris Latka says

    He speaks of the increased yields of corn and yet doesn’t speak to over what period of time this is being tracked. Yes, gmo seeds can initially increase crop yields however, over time it can/and has greatly decreased the harvest.

  28. Vladimir Mišin says

    The problem is not the GM technology itself, nor that it is applied to food (latter with a high degree of uncertainty though), but the whole socio-economic organization around it, especially within agriculture. We have had enough food since 1970s and we still do (but we won't if we continue industrial farming, see club of rome report), but we don't distribute it equitably. Food has been used as a leverage point times and again in politics while people starve and has been speculated on stock markets while people starve ships full of grain stand close to entering the bays when the price goes up, etc. It is not the technology itself that is the problem.

    On top of that the IAASTD concluded that GM food will not answer the question of food security.

    Other than that organic existed way before GM food and is from an entirely different context. It was never meant to address food security, rather environmental concerns. Why won't this guy pull GM foods and organic in the context of environmental impact? That s a logical mistake made on purpose in order to have an impressive presentation.

  29. Manuel Vidal González says

    Es el mismo discurso repetido hasta el infinito. Ese personaje está totalmente vendido a la industria. Una sola empresa con el 90 % de las semillas. Eso es una locura. Hablade que diseñaran plantas inteligentes que tendrán una eficiencia extrema en la absorción de nutrientes. Y una mierda para ellos. De que nutrientes hablan si estamos destruyendo los suelos y las aguas? Porque no habla de que la alimentación de la planta está estrecamente relacionada con la incidencia de enfermedades y plagas.
    SIMPLEMENTE PATÉTICO SEÑOR, siento decirlo, aunque tengas buenas intenciones, que lo dudo. Has ido a un país africano a tomarte unas fotos y contar de nuevo la historia de los 10 mil millones de habitantes. Váyase al carajo!!

  30. Dusty Stahn says

    Golden rice failed to meet its claims and does not prevent blindness. GMOs are designed to withstand massive doses of glyphosate, which is one of the worst poisons because it penetrates into the plant and cannot be washed off. It also penetrates the tissues of people and animals and disrupts the immune system and in plants too
      Isn't it possible the things that are destroying the crops you listed were created by massive doses of  poisons produced  by the same companies that create the GMOs? For thousands of years such problems were rare or not existent. Why have they become so prevalent with the massive use of synthetic chemicals?

  31. Zach Kay says

    what you just saw ladies and gentle men was a Monsanto advertisement

  32. Zach Kay says

    where's the evidence to back up his claim like this is all just talk no backing it up

  33. Zach Kay says

    whats GMO organic food production ??? that makes no sense

  34. Peter XYZ says

    You must fix the Ag-industry of America FIRST before we trust it. I love science but look around….greed driven decisions has eroded trust in Ag industry.

  35. Finding LauraC says

    Cover the side effects… not enough studies to make a sound argument. So agricultural grows in supples and as a result the pharmaceutical industry profit

  36. Kazzana says

    Terrible manipulative talk. It is the decimated soil life that is the problem. A healthy soil life promotes healthy plants. This is a man without integrity.

  37. jimi allman says

    10:30.. Organic CAN feed the world! Right now less than %10 of the corn grown in the US is for human food. Almost half is ethanol..

  38. Teofilo Pardo says

    Thumbs down to Rob Saik talk, the most opaque and manipulative talk i have ever watch on TED, Its not only the gmo problem witch people complains about, its also the intellectual property gmo corporations have over seeds and how farmers are loosing they farms because of this, it´s also the BIG problem of monocultives and the demage it does to the soil, the big gmo´s corporation good intentiosn of finishing the world hunger its not working and it has big counter effects on nature, its no efficient enough even with all its technology invested, its also very energy demandign and expensive in constrast with organic agriculture wich is not only more efective but also sustentable, in the other hand gmo´s monocultive are not sustentable, watch for example the facts expose by FARMLAND LP they convert farms from conventional crops to organic and the made the efficiency and productivity much higher ones the conventional convert to organic, by the way organic is expensive cause it dosent have the subsidies and because its mostly imported not because it requieres more investment, compare with conventional farming with is in fact much more expensive than organic. Other issue is the economics calculus entering this ecuation of gmo´s corporations and international open markets agreements, for example the corn in US has subsidies and in mexico it has very low subsidies so mexico start importing this US corn and mexico corn farmers went to bankrupt, this info its well know by economist like nobel price laurated Joseph Stiglitz and they have talk about this issue extensibly. And I can go on with more info about this, to be honest, and in my point of view Rob Saik talk is very very very opaque and very partial, he is missleading important economic and proved facts about the gmo´s consecuences to long term, economically and ecologicaly

  39. Phil James says

    They should take some of the blame for allowing themselves to have such bad PR. For example the Mercury in vaccines is non elemental and that is important and makes a big difference. They need to communicate this better. What's wrong with saying "You should have this non elemental mercury preserved vaccine" instead of "trust me you need this vaccine( find out whats in it yourself with all these crazies websites)".

  40. TheDevineDee says

    The problem is only now are we just seeing the bad effects of GMOs.  Humans are the test subjects and after 40 years many food problems are arising.  Wake up and see that the food we eat today is not food.  It's chemicals.  Food isn't meant to last on a shelf for months.  Monsanto dictates who can be a farmer.  If you don't use their seeds, they shut you down!  Check out all the documentaries out there on that company and the effects of GMOs today.  It's a choice and I choose non-chemically treated food.  I'm not getting paid to be a test subject for the engineering of food.  Are you willing to continue to be a free test subject????

  41. Matthew Baker says

    These people need more vegetables.

  42. Luke S says

    This guy's never heard of permaculture, in fact, once you know what permaculture can do, this whole talk seems kinda stupid

  43. Marlinblack 65 says

    I had to turn this Monsanto advertisement off.

  44. Edward Turk says

    There is nothing authentic about this guy, he is trying to sell product on a global scale.

  45. Edward Turk says

    In case you guys are not aware, golden rice was a huge failure. Don't be fooled, these guys aren't offering real solutions, they just want to make $$$. The future is permaculture and affordable food is not cheep food its self grown food!

  46. Benjamin Reynolds says

    no, we are protesting because we have the right to know what is in our food. why do you fight it with millions upon millions of dollars then? if it so amazing, what is the harm in labeling the food? I want to know. Label the damn food. let the pubic choose what they want to purchase. People can have a pissing match all day long. let's not argue then. fine. cool. then label the food. that's all most people want. Stop campaigning to stop it at every juncture.

  47. RealEstateInsider247 says

    This talk is so full of sh*t. "GMO's is nothing more than a progression of breeding plants." … BS. No, it is much more than that. Do not believe this guy. He is simply a salesperson and is not interested in your health, the earth, or the soil, or water sources. He has learned about GMO's from the GMO perspective, not reality. Grow GMO's and destroy the soil … use more water … increase toxicity in our food … and so much more. Don't buy the snake oil they started selling decades ago.

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  49. RealEstateInsider247 says

    All people should grow at least some food; Have fruit trees etc.

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