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Courtney Davis: Become informed about food production

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Courtney Davis

Are you curious about the safety of your food supply? Confused by the conflicting information you hear from your family, friends or find online? We're here to help.

Myths and misinformation about the production of our food supply and its effect on our health is emerging ever quickly through social media and other sources. This misinformation leads to misunderstanding of our agriculture systems and the positive connection these systems have on the health of Texans.

In Texas, the leading causes of death are chronic diseases. Seven of the top 10 causes can be directly linked to lifestyle choices, and at least five of those diseases can be reduced through better food choices. When health correlates to healthy food, then it is directly tied to agriculture. If a person is consuming safe, healthy foods, their risks for developing disease are reduced. Essentially, our health is dependent on what we eat and the choices we make related to food.

Please join us from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Denton County Elections Building, 701 Kimberly St. in Denton, for our Path to the Plate Conference. Registration is $15 and the form can be completed online at www.dcmga.com.

During this conference, experts will discuss the facts behind three of the most confusing topics related to our food supply:

· GMO's — What are they and are they safe?

· Antibiotics in meats and dairy

· Natural? Organic? What do food labels mean?

This conference is sponsored by the Denton County AgriLife Leadership Advisory Board, which drives the programming efforts of the Denton County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Get the facts and become informed so that you can make the best decisions for your family.

For more information about the conference, call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Denton at 940-349-2882.

COURTNEY DAVIS is the family and consumer sciences county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2882 or via email at cmdavis@ag.tamu.edu.