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Most of the food Americans consume is junk. Drained of vitamins and nutrients and shot-full of preservative poison by greedy little men sitting on the upper floors of huge corporate conglomerates, who search constantly f or ways to chemically cheapen food production at the expense of people's bodies - including their own. Nutritionally valueless pure starch white bread (helps break strong bodies 12 ways) , canned vegetables, cheeseburgers, salad dressings, tv dinners - nearly all processed food reeks of everything from cancer-causing additives to radioactivity and insecticides. Eat enough plastic and your brain cells will be made of plastic - and you'll start thinking and acting like plastic people.

And all this SKONK is sold to us at exorbitant prices by profit-gobbling supermarkets, or flashed to us in neon by road-side stands, where 39 cents buys a small circle of round-ground death. You'd be amazed at how easy it is to eat better than most Americans, for much less money. Stick to lots of good wholesome brown rice, fresh vegetables, and home-baked wholewheat bread--then compare your costs. You'll still have money left for meat. And you'll feel a lot better.

As an alternative to the Amerikan Food Monster and as another step towards self-determination and freedom, the Ann Arbor Food co-op has been functioning for 3 months. Already almost 100 groups and communes are involved. Bring $4 to 1520 Hill St. by Wednesday night and you get a whole load of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables on Saturday afternoon, straight from Detroit's Wholesale Eastern Market.

Buying direct from the farmers (they're really far-out - if you want to go sometime call 761-1709 and ask f or Peggy) means you get a lot more for less. Pick up the stash between 2:30 and 6 at 634 S. Main St.

You can now order grains, beans and assorted other things like teas and oils (even organic toothpaste) at group prices. Pick up the price list at 1520 Hill. There's lots of other ways this service can expand. There can be linkups with organic farmers, so that we sell their produce through the co-op and get the added benefits of organic foods. Soon people will be able to order individual items. And as the program expands maybe it can purchase a storefront and sell the food that way. Watch for an announcement in a future SUN of a Food Co-op meeting, where all these ideas can be worked out and put into action.