Food Film to be Debated

The obesity epidemic behind so many of the nation’s health problems can be traced to the food we eat and the way we eat it. Processed foods, fast food, salt, corn syrup, trans fats: We’re making ourselves sick, bite after bite.

A 2009 documentary, “Food, Inc.,” was widely acclaimed for its exploration of where food comes from and where we went wrong. Next week, a coalition of groups in Redding is showing the film for FREE, then following it with a panel discussion by area experts.

The event begins at 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at First United Methodist Church, 1825 East St. in Redding. Should be fascinating.

  • Mark Your Calendars for next Tuesday, when Charles Ii & Friends will perform at “Musical Tuesdays at the Library.” The FREE event starts at 6 p.m. in the Redding Library’s community room.
  • Scientists have long speculated about the color of dinosaurs, but now researchers have been able to nail down specific colors for a handful of dinosaurs and prehistoric birds. Tiny organelles inside the protofeathers known as “dino fuzz” have revealed bright colors and patterns. Full story here.
  • What I’m Reading: “The Handle” by Richard Stark, one of the brilliant crime novels featuring the hard-boiled thief Parker. The Parker series is one of my all-time favorites, and I’m gobbling up the recent reissues by the University of Chicago Press. Before that, I enjoyed “The Getaway Man” by Andrew Vacchs.
  • Rules for Successful Living #27: Don’t try to milk a bull.

sb-07-09A journalist since 1975, Steve Brewer is the author of 16 books, most recently the thriller “Cutthroat.” He moved to Redding from New Mexico in 2003.

Steve Brewer

is the author of CUTTHROAT and 17 other books. Read more of his columns at, or follow him on Facebook.