Earlier this month, Panera restaurant officials announced they would drop 150 artificial additives in their food by 2016. This announcement is one small piece in a growing movement to reduce the amount of chemicals in the food we consume. The national focus on artificial additives in food may be primarily on pre-packaged and restaurant food. In Native America, there’s also growing concern about the chemicals in our traditional food. Are you concerned about chemicals in your food? Have you cut back on consuming traditional foods because of the impact of toxins in our oceans and land? Are there long-term impacts these chemicals may have on our lives? Should tribes also get involved in banning chemicals that could find their way into our bodies through food?
Dianne C. Barton (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) water quality coordinator for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Valerie Segrest (Muckleshoot) – Muckleshoot traditional food and medicine program manager
Dr. Barbara Harper – board certified toxicologist
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