Posted in Farms, Food choices, food security, Local food in Alaska projects and research, Local food in the news, Sitka Local Foods Network events, tagged Alaska Far Away, Alaska Food Security Awareness Week, All About Alaska Grown, Five Reasons To Choose Alaska Grown, food security, food security challenges in Alaska, Harrigan Centennial Hall, Rep. Geran Tarr, Sitka Local Foods Network, Sitka Public Library on March 13, 2017|
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Food security can be a precarious thing in Alaska, where 90-95 percent of our food has to be shipped here from the Lower 48 or elsewhere. In honor of the third annual Alaska Food Security Awareness Week, join us for two short, free movies on the theme of “All About Alaska Grown” from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 24, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.
The first movie, “Alaska Far Away,” is about an hour long and tells the story of the New Deal colonists who settled in the Matanuska and Susitna valleys to farm during the 1930s. The second movie, “Five Reasons To Choose Alaska Grown,” is about 30 minutes and features interviews with Alaska farmers about why they enjoy Alaska Grown produce.
The movies, which also are showing in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau during the week of March 13-17, are coordinated by the office of Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), who has introduced several bills over the years to improve Alaska’s food security. The Sitka showing of the films is co-hosted by the Sitka Local Foods Network and Sitka Public Library.
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Posted in education, Fish and game, Food choices, food security, Local food in the news, tagged Alaska Food Security Awareness Week, education, encouragement, fish, food, food security, Frankenfoods, garden, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), GMO OMG, GMO salmon, HB92, Rep. Chris Tuck, Rep. Geran Tarr, Rep. Scott Kawasaki, salmon, Sitka on March 7, 2015|
As a food consumer you want to know what’s in your food. Has it been soaked with chemical pesticides? Was it created using genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? How nutritious is it? Unfortunately, current laws don’t require labeling of GMOs, so you don’t know if you’re buying Frankenfoods.
Rep. Geran Tarr, along with co-sponsors Rep. Scott Kawasaki and Rep. Chris Tuck, introduced a bill, HB92, to require labeling of genetically modified food. HB 92 is being heard by the House Resources Committee on Monday, March 9, and Rep. Tarr needs you to provide a letter of support. Can you send Rep. Tarr a letter of support for GMO labels?
Please email a short, from-the-heart letter about why you want the right to know about GMOs to Rep. Tarr at Rep.Geran.Tarr@akleg.gov. She’ll forward it along to the committee members.
Also, the timing is great because this week Rep. Tarr is sponsoring “Alaska Food Security Awareness Week,” with special showings of the movie, GMO OMG, in Anchorage, Juneau, Sitka and Fairbanks. GMO OMG is a film that addresses how GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice when it comes to the foods we eat.
Join us to watch GMO OMG in:
- FAIRBANKS – Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. at the Blue Loon
- ANCHORAGE – Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum
- SITKA – Thursday, March 12, 5:30 p.m. at the Coliseum Theater, Downtown
- JUNEAU – Friday, March 13, noon-1 p.m., Lunch and Learn at the State Capitol, Butrovich Room, GMO OMG film screening, Butrovich Room, 6-8 p.m.
Here is the link to the Facebook invite. If you could share this with your friends, that would be great.
Rep. Tarr was the sponsor of HJR 5, passed in 2013, to oppose GMO salmon. With your help, she can win the right to know about GMOs for Alaska. Please email her your letter of support today at Rep.Geran.Tarr@akleg.gov.
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