Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14472

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Comment Number: AGW-14472

From: Maria Altieri
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 5:01 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: Food/Farming

To whom it may concern,

I am an attorney with a b.s. in biology.  I have been very aware of issues regarding the
production and processing of food in this country most of my life due to health issues.

Big Agra has a stranglehold in this country on how farming is performed and how food is shipped.  There are so many more incidences of allergies, asthma, cancer, diabetes
and obesity in this country now because of the way the business of food is handled.
When the health providers decry junk food as the harbinger of diabetes and obesity
it makes me laugh.  Junk food is just the tip of the iceberg.  The real problem is
obeying the nutritionists mantra of eating around the "perimeter" of the grocery store:
the produce, seafood, meat and dairy are usually located along the walls of the store.
The idea is that these are the whole foods and healthy foods.  However, they are
not:  the produce and vegetables have been on a barge for weeks coming from Chile,
or on a train coming from California, the meat and dairy are chock full of hormones
and antibiotics and the animals are not grass feed, and the fish is full of mercury
and the oceans' pollutants.  So we are eating "good" food with no nutritional
value that is chock full of toxins.

There is so much more I would like to say.  Please contact me to discuss.

Maria R. Altieri
Attorney at law
1836 Noble Ave
Bridgeport, CT  06610
203 576-6608
203 576-0452 cell 
Updated April 7, 2016

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