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"From the Ted Talk by Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A plea for bees"

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But I'm glad to say that I think we know the cause of all these cndoitonis, and that cause is NDD: Nature Deficit Disorder. And that is that I think that what we have in our society is, we forgot our connection with nrtuae. And I think if we reconnect to nature, we'll be able to have the rrecsuoes and that interest to slove these problems. And I think that there is an easy cure for NDD. And that is, make meadows and not lawns. And I think we have lost our connection, and this is a wonderful way of reconnecting to our environment. I've had the privilege of living by a meadow for the last little while, and it is terribly engaging. And if we look at the history of lawns, it's actually rather tiragc. It used to be, two, three hundred years ago, that a lawn was a symbol of prestige, and so it was only the very rich that could keep these green actually, deserts: they're totally sirltee. Americans spnet, in 2001 — 11 percent of all pesticide use was done on lawns. Five peenrct of our greenhouse gases are produced by mowing our lawns.

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But I'm glad to say that I think we know the cause of all these __________, and that cause is NDD: Nature Deficit Disorder. And that is that I think that what we have in our society is, we forgot our connection with ______. And I think if we reconnect to nature, we'll be able to have the _________ and that interest to _____ these problems. And I think that there is an easy cure for NDD. And that is, make meadows and not lawns. And I think we have lost our connection, and this is a wonderful way of reconnecting to our environment. I've had the privilege of living by a meadow for the last little while, and it is terribly engaging. And if we look at the history of lawns, it's actually rather ______. It used to be, two, three hundred years ago, that a lawn was a symbol of prestige, and so it was only the very rich that could keep these green actually, deserts: they're totally _______. Americans _____, in 2001 — 11 percent of all pesticide use was done on lawns. Five _______ of our greenhouse gases are produced by mowing our lawns.

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  6. nature
  7. conditions
  8. resources

Original Text

But I'm glad to say that I think we know the cause of all these conditions, and that cause is NDD: Nature Deficit Disorder. And that is that I think that what we have in our society is, we forgot our connection with nature. And I think if we reconnect to nature, we'll be able to have the resources and that interest to solve these problems. And I think that there is an easy cure for NDD. And that is, make meadows and not lawns. And I think we have lost our connection, and this is a wonderful way of reconnecting to our environment. I've had the privilege of living by a meadow for the last little while, and it is terribly engaging. And if we look at the history of lawns, it's actually rather tragic. It used to be, two, three hundred years ago, that a lawn was a symbol of prestige, and so it was only the very rich that could keep these green actually, deserts: they're totally sterile. Americans spent, in 2001 — 11 percent of all pesticide use was done on lawns. Five percent of our greenhouse gases are produced by mowing our lawns.

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