Co-op presents healthy food documentary

TUPPER LAKE – Joy Moody is concerned about the amount of potentially unhealthy food that is eaten by Americans these days.

“Food is very, very powerful,” Moody said in a Thursday phone interview. “Our food is our medicine.”

That’s why Moody helped start the Tupper Lake Real Food Cooperative, and that’s why she and co-organizer Julie King are working with the Adirondack State Theater and GMO Free NY to bring a documentary on the effects of GMOs.

The movie, “Genetic Roulette,” discusses the documented health risks of genetically engineered food. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are plants and animals that have been biologically engineered to have traits from unrelated species.

Moody said she and her friends strive to be health conscious and have been watching a number of documentaries on GMOs. She said the documentaries opened her eyes.

“For years, I thought we were eating healthy because we were eating fruits and vegetables,” Moody said. “We weren’t.”

Moody said she hopes “Genetic Roulette” will help more people to be aware of what they’re eating.

“This movie will educate a lot of people,” Moody said.

The events are part of an effort to support a bill in the state Legislature that would require products that are genetically modified to be clearly labeled. There will be a petition to support the bill at the movie viewings, and Moody has also left petitions at the Green Goddess in Lake Placid and Nori’s Village Market in Saranac Lake.

A similar bill attempted in California didn’t pass, but Moody said that she and other supporters in New York won’t let that discourage them.

“We’re not giving up,” she said.

This week’s movie viewings are free, but organizers will accept donations, and they will also hold a raffle. Half of any money raised will go to GMO Free NY, and the other half will go to the “Go Digital or Go Dark” campaign, which raising money to help local movie theaters afford the expensive burden of switching to digital projectors.

All theaters must switch to the expensive projectors in the next year, or they won’t be able to get first-run movies like they do now. Most movie theater owners argue that’s the only way a theater can survive.

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