Letters to the Editor for May 19, 2010

By Chris Collins / The Baker City Herald

A real, troubling film about food

To the editor:

A free showing of "Food Inc." will be held on May 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Crossroads, 2020 Auburn Ave. Horror films cause less seat squirming. Watching this film is a tough go.

It exposes the reality of our nation's food industry and what's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, the USDA and the FDA. 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.

From the disgusting way that most meat is produced, to the prevalence and dangers of most processed food, to the dastardly deeds of Monsanto; it's all in this movie.

Most upsetting and hard-hitting of all is the story of a working-class family who can afford only fast foods and junk foods that make them diabetic and obese. Whatever they save at the drive-through gets eaten up in medical bills.

This free showing of "Food Inc." is sponsored by the Baker City Farmers Market and Oregon Rural Action. In attendance will be local friends and neighbors who offer local, regional and other solutions to these real life horrors.

This film is readily available to rent if this free showing is inconvenient for you. I urge you to make yourself aware of our food system realities.

Laura Harryman

Baker City

13104500
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