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In order to promote more efficient use of energy and overall sustainability in the community, Bolton Local has partnered with local home energy leader Next Step Living to create an energy education program for local homeowners. The program will work to promote the state’s no-cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment Program and other energy-saving actions homeowners can take to help save money.
To kick off this new partnership, Bolton Local is launching a four-month-long speaker series on various aspects of residential energy efficiency and sustainability:
All of these programs are free and open to the public. RSVP to any program at Katherine.Moses@nextsteplivinginc.com (appreciated but not required). For more information, also visit www.NextStepLiving.com
Bolton Local will host a screening of the documentary “Genetic Roulette,” presented by Jack Kittredge, policy director for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, on Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m., at the Bolton Public Library.
Kittredge, who with his wife owns a certified-organic farm in western Mass., has been actively working with NOFA/Mass on issues related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) since about 2000, when their significance to consumers and the future U.S. agriculture became evident.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been in the U.S. food supply since the 1990s, when they became part of the food chain with no fanfare—and no testing by the FDA or USDA. Today, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are pushing to have foods containing GMOs labeled accordingly, while millions of dollars are being spent by agribusiness giant and GMO producer Monanto and the commercial food industry to push back. Why the controversy? There is a growing body of evidence that GMOs are not as benign as the food industry would have us believe. According to the film, there is evidence that genetically engineered foods are a major contributor to rising disease rates in the U.S. population and health problems among animals that consume GMO grains.
“Genetic Roulette—The Gamble of Our Lives,” produced by author and consumer activist Jeffrey M. Smith, was named 2012 Movie of the Year by the Solari Report and was named the Top Transformational Film of 2012 by AwareGuide.