Foodopoly Author to Discuss Book on July 23

Food and Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter will discuss her new book Foodopoly with Glynwood President Kathleen Frith at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Fovea Exhibitions in Beacon. Based in Washington, D.C., Hauter is one of the nation’s leading healthy food advocates. In her new book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America, she contends that the local food movement is not enough to solve America’s food crisis and the public health debacle it has created. Instead, Hauter takes aim at the real culprit: the massive consolidation and corporate control of food production, which prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store. Frith, who leads Glynwood, one of the nation’s leading sustainable agriculture and food organizations, located in Cold Spring, will join Hauter in an intimate setting to discuss together and with the audience the statistics and stories that Hauter has collected and her account of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra.

Letter: In Support of Lauren’s Law

To the Editor:
Recently, I was with my grandsons shopping for baseball mitts. While shopping, I spotted a man wearing an interesting shirt, and though I do not remember the exact phrasing, it was along the lines of, “Organ donations saved my daughter’s life.” I approached the man and he shared the inspiring story of how his daughter’s life was saved thanks to a generous organ donor. He said he wears the shirt to publicize the importance of what being an organ donor can do. This is a cause that is close to my heart because I have had friends both who have donated their organs, and whose lives have been saved by donors. Because New York is a great and progressive state, I was very surprised and disappointed to find that we are ranked 47th in terms of state organ donation.

Jazz Knights to Perform Music of Billy Joel July 21

The West Point Band’s Jazz Knights will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21,at the Trophy Point Amphitheater to present The Music of Billy Joel. Featured vocalists will include Staff Sgts. Alexis Cole and Carla Loy Song on Billy Joel classics including Movin’ Out, New York State of Mind, And So It Goes, Tell Her About It, River of Dreams, and Summer, Highland Falls to name a few. The Jazz Knights will also perform some original instrumental arrangements of other well-known Billy Joel songs. As always, this concert is free and open to the public.