Food for thought

To the Editor:
Much has been written lately about the state of our food and our health in this nation.

Films and books that rival horror stories are revealing dirty secrets about how the food industry manipulates the foods that sit on the grocery shelves. The ingredients that make our food last longer, taste better, look more succulent, and satisfy our supposed aesthetic demands, are in fact not making us look better or last longer.

As a matter of fact they are slowly poisoning us. Studies are indicating that ingesting artificial food ingredients, genetically modified organisms, and pesticide-laced produce are in fact causing cancers, obesity, diabetes, ADHD, hormonal imbalance and infertility. This goes against everything that the ancient physician Hippocrates (the father of Western medicine) stated when he said, "Let food be thy medicine."

On Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m., the movie "Food, Inc." will be shown at the Mark Skinner Library, sponsored by Transition Town Manchester. This is one of the movies that invite the public to become more informed and actively involved in determining what happens with our food supply.

"Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising - and often shocking truths - about what we eat, how it's produced and who we have become as a nation."

Carol Berry


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