In this issue, we introduce the new Board of Directors, define our “net worth,” build the perfect burger, get you started on winter gardening, and report on the reasons why it’s so hard to trust Monsanto. And, as usual, we’ve provided a beautiful back page infographic created by the Food Co-op’s graphic designer Mindy Dwyer. Click the cover to see what else is inside!
Archive for the ‘Food News’ Category
January 18th, 2013 by Kathie
The Organic Consumers Association is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The following story was taken from their newsletter:
Activists in Washington State expect that next week, the Secretary of State will certify the signatures required to put I-522, a citizens’ initiative to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs), on the ballot. Assuming history repeats itself, the most aggressive – and devious – opponent of I-522 will be Monsanto. Monsanto alone contributed $8.2 million of the $46 million used to defeat Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. And it looks as though the World’s Most Hated Corporation is already at work to defeat I-522.
This past week, social media sites were buzzing with an infographic titled, “Actions Speak Louder than Words: The Truth about Biotechnology.” The truth about the infographic? It comes from the Find Our Common Ground website, which claims to be the work of a group of volunteer farm women. Except that it’s not. The website’s domain name is owned by Osborn Barr, a public relations firm that works for Monsanto. In fact, Monsanto was its founding client. Most people wouldn’t know that. And many people, who may be hearing about GMOs for the first time, also wouldn’t know that the infographic promotes blatant lies about the safety of, and science behind, genetically engineered foods.
We will see more and more of this phony propaganda circulating in the media and on social media sites, as Monsanto tries to scare voters in Washington State out of voting for a simple label on their food. The same label consumers in 61 other countries already have. Monsanto will stop at nothing, including hiding behind a phony group of “volunteer farm women,” to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food.
That’s why we have to act now. We have to get the truth out to Washington voters today. Next October will be too late.
Go here to see the infographic in question. Go here to see the website for the “volunteer farm women” web site. What is interesting about this site is that, if you check out the News/In the News page, you won’t see any real news articles, just a couple of videos and some other text. You might also note the none of these women farmers give the names of their farms, which seems highly unusual. There is just no real way to tell who these women are. Kudos to the Organic Consumers Association for bringing this to light.
If you are thankful that the Organic Consumers Association is keeping an eye on Monsanto and will be a key informant for the truth about I-522, consider showing your appreciation with a donation.
December 28th, 2012 by Kathie
Some of our member/owners have inquired about the United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) drivers’ strike at the Auburn distribution center.
The Food Co-op regrets the labor strike between the UNFI drivers and its management. This strike is confined to the Auburn distribution center alone because UNFI’s other distribution center drivers are non-union. As a cooperative, we strongly support the right to engage in collective bargaining, fair benefits and pay, and safe working conditions. In September, along with other co-ops in the area, I wrote to UNFI management and urged them to negotiate with their drivers in good faith to reach a settlement. Since the strike began, Grocery Manager Khy Griffin has, on several occasions, encouraged UNFI management to find a resolution also. The Food Co-op does not have a position on the strike where UNFI management vs. union is concerned, because we do not have all of the details.
This situation has highlighted a vulnerability of our supply chain, and we believe there are both short- and long-term solutions. UNFI supplies the majority of our grocery, dairy, and body care and wellness products, and the Co-op is under contract to use UNFI as its primary supplier. In the short term, to break that contract would result in a substantial increase in cost for those products which our member/owners would have to bear. We are exploring other long-term, secondary wholesale options to diversify our suppliers and support organizations that align with our cooperative values. We continue to voice our support of these values to the National Cooperative Grocers Association and UNFI.
While we are now accepting deliveries from non-union UNFI drivers, we believe the best solution is not to shop elsewhere since UNFI also supplies other grocery stores on the peninsula. Instead, we urge our member/owners to buy locally produced items as much as possible. Toward that end, we ask our owner/members to keep in mind that the Food Co-op has more local products than any other retailer in Jefferson County and has the only WSDA-certified organic produce department on the Olympic Peninsula.
Kenna Eaton, General Manager
November 13th, 2012 by Kathie
Occasionally, you’ll find things in our produce department that might be something you’ve never seen before. If so, don’t be shy about asking the produce staff what it is, what it’s for, and what to do with it. They’ll let you sample some, too.
In the case of cherimoya, Wikipedia says that it’s a fruit originally from the Andes, and the name originates from the Quechua word chirimuya, which means “cold seeds.” Sue, one of our produce workers, says if it’s green, it’s not ripe. Wait until it gets brown and mushy and almost looks like its gone bad. Once ripe, it will keep in the refrigerator for about three days.
Then what? Cut it open lengthwise. The seeds are not edible, toxic in fact like the skin, but big enough to pick out easily. Sue says a lot of people just eat it like pudding or custard. Because it has a sherbet-like texture, when eaten chilled and by the spoonful, it has earned the nicknames, “ice cream fruit” and “custard apples.”
You can also cut it up in chunks and add it to fruit salad. If you Google “cherimoya recipes,” you’ll come up with loads of ideas including a meringue pie, sorbet, waffles, pancakes, and smoothies with which you can use this uncommon fruit.
Dragon fruit, on the other hand, is actually a cactus from Southeast Asia. You’ll know that it’s ripe if it has a little bit, but not much, give. Sources say the shelf life is as long as two-three weeks if refrigerated.
This fruit should also be cut length-wise and can be eaten plain as it tastes similar to a cross between a kiwi and a pear. Inside, you will find either a creamy white or shocking pink. Scoop the fruit out with a spoon and, again, do not eat the skin. The seeds are okay, though. Cut the fruit into cubes, and you are good to go. If you like, it’s okay to use the skin as a bowl to put the fruit into as a colorful serving implement.
Cooks find dragon fruit useful in many of the same ways as cherimoya. Salads, sorbet, salsa…you get the idea. A quick search on the Internet, and you’ll find plenty of ways to make your next meal unique and interesting.
October 26th, 2012 by Kathie
Member/Owner Jack Olmsted made this video of the Food Co-op’s SIPS Manager Deb Shortess explaining how to make sure the products you buy at the Food Co-op are GMO-free.
October 11th, 2012 by Kathie
October 3rd, 2012 by Kathie
There have been several recalls in the last few days relating to Sunland roasted and nut butter products.
The products we stock that we have gotten notice about are Justin’s peanut butters, Late July mini peanut butter crackers, Talenti Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gelato, and Peanut Butter Newman-O’s. The dates we have for Justin’s and Late July are outside of the recall dates. We have pulled the Peanut Butter Newman-O’s and Talenti Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gelato which were on our shelves.
We do stock Sunland raw organic peanuts in produce. They are not on the recall list of Sunland products.
Other companies have voluntarily recalled their products in relation to the Sunland recall.
Jer’s Chocolates has voluntarily recalled Gourmet Peanut Butter Bars and Gourmet Jer’s Squares produced from July 9, 2012 to September 24, 2012. We do not stock this line, but it may have been ordered through the UNFI catalog by our owners.
Naturally More has voluntarily recalled their peanut butter, almond butter, and peanut butter with flax with Best By Dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. Again, we do not stock this line, but it may have been ordered through the UNFI catalog by our owners.
Oregon Ice Cream Co. has also voluntarily recalled Alden’s Organic Peanut Butter n’ Chip, 48 oz. bearing the following code dates: 12195, 12208, and 12261. We do carry this line, but we do not carry this flavor of ice cream.
Arrowhead Mills has voluntarily recalled Organic Sesame Tahini with Best By Dates between March 1, 2011 and September 24, 2013. We do not stock this line, but it may have been ordered through the UNFI catalog by our owners.
Nutzo has voluntarily recalled its nut and seed butter with Best By Dates between Oct. 7, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012. We do not stock this line, but it may have been ordered through the UNFI catalog by our owners.
General Mills has voluntarily recalled Peanut Butter Chip Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars with a Best By Date between Nov. 1, 2012 and Nov. 2, 2012. We do not stock this line.
Clemmy’s Ice Cream of Rancho Mirage, CA, is initiating a voluntary recall of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip 16 ounce containers of ice cream with Best By Dates between Feb. 13 and Aug. 14, 2012.
Bliss Unlimited, LLC; Eugene, Oregon; is voluntarily recalling Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert with codes dates Nov 11, 2012 through Oct 24, 2013 only. We stock this item but did not have these dates on our shelf.
PureFit Inc.; Irvine, CA; is voluntarily recalling PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch nutrition bars manufactured on March 1 and July 12 and sold between March 9th and August 31. The Food Co-op does not stock this item.
Creative Energy Foods, Inc. (CEF) is voluntarily recalling Crunch thinkThin nutrition bars. The Food Co-op does not stock this product line.
For a complete list of recalled Sunland products nationwide, click here.
Reason: possible salmonella contamination
Popcorn Indiana has also recalled 14 of their products.
We stock only the original and bacon ranch kettlecorn varieties on the recall list, and the dates on our shelf are outside the date range of the recall. For a complete list of recalled Popcorn Indiana products, click here.
Reason: possible listeria contamination
September 19th, 2012 by foodcoop
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 23 we start up the free Natural Foods Co-op classes taught by Brwyn Griffin. The first class of this section is on Oils. Learn more about the difference between how conventional oils are produced, why natural oils are healthier for your body, and find out why functional oils such as flax seed oil, is so good for you. Every class will offer a sampling of examples at the end of class. No reservations required. For more information about this first class, click here.
Sunday, Sept. 30 class topic is Why Organic Matters, Produce, Meat, Poultry, Fish and eggs.
Sunday, Oct. 7 topic is Sweeteners
Sunday, Oct. 14 topic is Labels: How to read them and what the words legally mean
Sunday, Oct. 28 topic is Grains
Sunday, Nov. 4 topic is Beans
Oils, Produce, Sweeteners will be offered again on Nov. 11, 25, and Dec. 2.
For more information, call Brwyn Griffin at 379-1127