Educated eating habits |

Educated eating habits

Jeff LeiningerVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

Part of the Vail Symposium’s mission is to educate the community about up-to-date, engaging and sometimes even controversial subjects. Active Minds, a regular speaker series, helps with that goal. The topic this month is “Bioenginnering Our Food,” and the expert speaker is Sasha Breger, a doctoral graduate from the School of International Studies at Denver University. Breger will be speaking at the Golden Eagle Community Center in Eagle today at 5:30 p.m. As with all Active Minds events, there is no charge and it’s open to the general public.

This topic is an incredibly relevant issue, said Fraidy Aber, executive director of the Vail Symposium. Even though some of the information concerning this topic can be little distressing and may even change the way you eat, it’s becoming clear, Aber said, that “our education about the food we eat too often comes from scares (i.e., contaminated spinach, mad-cow disease and the like) and marketing pushes (i.e. marketing claims of ‘natural’ food – and other taglines that mean very little) rather than actual, scientific information.”

Mapping out the issue and its different angles, Breger will discuss the history of the first genetically modified food, the FlavrSavr tomato, and how it became commercially available in the U.S. She’ll also contextualize the frequently cited statistic that 70 percent of processed foods on American supermarket shelves contain at least some genetically modified ingredients.

If you’re trying to figure out what “bioengineering our food” actually means from a consumer’s point of view, then consider attending this event. Reserve your spot for today’s event with Sacha Breger by calling the Vail Symposium at 476-0954. Also, keep in mind that on Sept. 19, Active Minds founder John Henderson will explore China’s economic development from a sleepy Communist economy to the fastest-growing industrial nation in the world. On Oct. 17, Active Minds will look at U.S. global relations with Venezuela.The Vail Symposium is a nonprofit organization that has been part of Vail Valley life since 1971. Nicknamed the “Gurus on Non-traditional Learning,” the Symposium’s mission is to promote continued learning in our community. The growing organization now offers more than 70 thought-provoking, diverse and affordable programs annually. To learn more, visit

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