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Genetic engineering and organic farming are often set up in opposition to one another. After all, how could one agricultural practice that eschews any influence other than Nature coexist with another that is entirely cultivated in a lab? Well, in the household of Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, they live together up close and personally, as the genetic scientist and organic farmer are married. Here, the pair discuss the complexity of modern agriculture.

Here's a typical, lyrical post from Humans of New York: “I left Belize when I was 12 or 13, just as all my friends were getting swept up into gangs. The gangs would get kids to do the dirty work, because they knew the kids wouldn’t go to jail. I actually have an old photograph of the group of friends I used to hang out with– there were seven us. After I came to America, they were all killed in the exact order that they were standing in that photograph.” Photo by Brandon Stanton.

Between them, Dave Isay of StoryCorps and Brandon Stanton of the photography website, Humans of New York, have collected more than 75,000 stories from regular folks around the world. They share their thoughts on how to get the best out of people.

From left to right: Dylan Geil, Denise Kahler, Daniel Kish and Christine Sun Kim.  Photo by Ryan Lash/TED.

Artist and TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim, deaf since birth, talks with Daniel Kish, who lost his sight to cancer aged 13 months, about sound and sound “etiquette.”

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Human beings have made enormous changes to Earth, reshaping it, developing it and generally altering it so much that in many cases its pre-human condition has become unrecognizable. In this far-ranging conversation, ecologist Erle Ellis and landscape architect Bradley Cantrell discuss what this means for ecology and architecture … and how we might think about protecting our planet.

Want to be happy? Slow down. | ideas.ted.com

In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about how to spend time meaningfully.

Esta Soler and Leslie Morgan Steiner talk about the NFL and how to end domestic violence.