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Oregon Right To Know-We Are On The Ballot!

Our voter-backed initiative to demand labeling for genetically engineered foods has been certified by the Secretary of State. That means we’re officially on the ballot in Oregon!

This is a pivotal moment for our campaign. With all eyes on us, what we do now will set the tone for the rest of the campaign.

That’s why we’ve set an ambitious goal of 2,500 grassroots donations by midnight Friday.

Contribute now to help us reach our goal. This is our biggest moment yet — help us make sure it really counts.

This is critical — now that we’re officially on the ballot, we’re going to be under constant attack by Monsanto and other Big Food corporations. These companies make big profits from selling unlabeled genetically engineered foods, so they’re going to do whatever it takes to keep GMO labeling from becoming law.

Monsanto is going to come at us with all they’ve got — we need to be prepared NOW.

Rush $35 now to stand up to Big Food before Friday’s deadline >>

It’s because of grassroots activists like you that we’ve come so far. With your help, we can keep the momentum building all the way until November.

Thanks for celebrating this huge moment with us,

Paige Richardson,  Campaign Director, Yes on 92

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El Salvadoran Farmers Block Mandatory GMO Seeds in an Aid Package

Please go to this Truth-out site for the full story on the attempt of the US to force El Salvadoran farmers to purchase only GMO seeds:

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24811-el-salvadoran-farmers-successfully-oppose-the-use-of-monsanto-seeds

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Organic Consumer’s Essay of the Week

ESSAY OF THE WEEK

Lawmakers to Consumers: ‘You’re Dummies’

The “experts” have spoken, and here’s what they have to say: You’re just too stupid to handle a label on your food that says “this product contains genetically engineered ingredients.”

Members (see the list here) of the subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, along with four of their hand-picked puppets (um, experts), met last week to pat themselves on the back for the great job GMO crops and foods are doing of feeding the world, providing better nutrition and slashing the use of pesticides.

Yep, they’re all doing a heckuva job. Except that they aren’t.

But the best part of their meeting was the part where they insulted you and every other educated consumer who believes that, at the very least, you should have the right to know if your food contains GMOs.

Here’s what one of the experts—Dr. David Just, Co-Director, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs”—said at last week’s meeting:

It is ignorance of the product, and it’s a general skepticism of anything they eat that is too processed or treated in some way that they don’t quite understand.

Oh, we understand, alright. Dr. Just works for Cornell, which is on Monsanto’s payroll. Just like half the lawmakers in Washington who rode there on Monsanto’s dime.

Read the article

ACTION ALERT

Stupid TalkRodney Davis

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.-13), (pictured) acting chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, convened a public hearing last week to “consider the benefits” of biotechnology.

The attendees”—members of the subcommittee and their so-called “experts”—gushed over the wonderfulness of toxic, chemical-drenched crops and foods. But what they were really trying to figure out was how to sell the same old lies about Monsanto’s Empire to “ignorant” consumers who “just don’t understand” GMOs.

We think we should let Rep. Davis, and all the members of the subcommittee, and all their bankrolled “experts,” know that they can insult us all they want”—but they can’t fool us. Monsanto has not only failed to deliver on promises of higher yields, better nutrition, fewer chemicals and happier farmers. But the Gene Giant is also poisoning our food and fields.

We’ve provided all the names of the subcommittee members, and the experts, in case your representative is on the subcommittee, and you want to contact him or her individually.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture that you’re not too stupid to understand a GMO label!

Call the subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture and tell members you’re no dummy! 202-225-2171

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Oregon Right To Know Fact Check

Oregon Right to Know

Make no mistake: The big chemical companies fighting tooth and nail against GMO food labeling aren’t just hoping to keep the public misinformed about this issue – they’re counting on it.

That’s why we’re fighting back, each week, with a GMO Labeling Fact Check. This week, we’ll explore the claim that transparent labeling will increase the cost of food.


THE CLAIM: Labeling genetically engineered products will increase the price of food.

THE VERDICT: FALSE

THE FACTS: The big chemical companies that profit from selling genetically engineered foods have spent millions trying to confuse voters with the false claim that labeling genetically engineered foods will raise prices and hurt consumers. But according to Consumers Union, the parent organization of Consumer Reports, that just isn’t the case.

The truth is that food companies routinely change their labels for all sorts of reasons without increasing cost. In fact, even the incredibly small cost conferred to consumers from a new price tag is bigger than the cost of disclosing if a product is genetically engineered on a label.

What’s more, labeling the genetically engineered foods that are exported to any of the 64 countries that already require labeling has not increased the cost of our food. Many American foods companies sell their products in those countries and disclose genetically engineered ingredients on their labels without incurring any additional costs. If they can provide that information to their customers in Europe, Japan and Australia, they can do the same here in Oregon.

Stay up to date on all the facts and falsehoods by clicking here to join us on Facebook or here to follow us on Twitter.

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Oregon Task Force Grills Federal GMO Regulators

Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal 8:04 a.m. PDT July 11, 2014

An Oregon task force studying genetically modified crops and food grilled federal regulators at its meeting Thursday, but didn’t get a lot of answers.

Ivan Maluski, director of Friends of Family Farmers, wanted to know whether federal law prohibits states from regulating genetically modified crops.

Neither the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nor the U.S. Department of Agriculture was able to answer.

“That really is a legal question,” said Mike Firko, deputy administrator of USDA’s biotechnology regulatory services.

RELATED: GMO field trials total 431 in Oregon

RELATED:Ben & Jerry’s co-founder backs GMO labeling

Organic seed grower Frank Morton asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration whether the herbicide Roundup remains on food from Roundup-Ready crops.

“That would be a better question for EPA,” he was told. “That wouldn’t be us in terms of the safety.”

Group members expressed frustration that a number of federal agencies regulate genetically modified crops and food, with little apparent coordination.

“Different agencies have a different piece of the puzzle,” Maluski said. “They don’t always overlap very well and I feel it leaves gaps.”

There also was concern that only crops modified using recombinant DNA techniques are regulated.

“There’s other stuff happening out there in the breeding world that is doing things with similar outcomes that is not under regulatory authority,” Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba said.

That includes using radiation and chemicals to modify plant genes.

The meeting Thursday was the group’s sixth, and the last where it explored a series topics related to genetic engineering, including environmental, economic and social impacts; grower and consumer choice; coexistence; and regulation.

Now, it will try to identify key issues for the state, as well as areas of agreement and disagreement.

The task force expects to complete a preliminary report in the fall and a final report by the end of the year.

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Cashiers Needed for July 14-19

Good Evening,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are looking forward to another wonderful week of summer weather.

If you are looking for a little something extra to do this week, check out this weeks listing for cashier needs:

Monday, July 14               10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Tuesday, July 15               10a-12p; 3p-6p

Wednesday, July 16         10a-12p; 3p-6p

Thursday, July 17             10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Friday, July 18                 10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Saturday, July 19             12p-3p; 3p-6p

Thanks for all you do,     Rene

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Going’s On at the Co-op

Summer Honey  from  Bear Mountain Honey  

Directly from the hives, the fresh “Bear Mountain Honey” is transported to the company’s state-of-the-art stainless steel extracting rooms where over 50,000 pounds of healthy, bee pollen rich honey is made every year!  For all you allergy sufferers out there, this is a great natural remedy.

We have fresh 2014 honey from bees pollinated by Maple, Ceanothus, and Cascara plants.  On sale this month is bulk Bear Mountain Honey regularly $4.50 lb. now $4.30 lb. for members.

 

Deck Family Farm EGGS!     

Deck Family Farm eggs are about the best pasture raised eggs you can find in Lane County.  If you have not tried them yet, please pick up a dozen and give them a try.  There is no soy or corn in the chicken feed for their laying hens.

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Summer Means Garden Time In And Around Florence

Do you have any garden starts you would like to share with your fellow food grower?  We have space for you to drop off any starts on the counter next to the literature by the front door.

We also have a sweet garden just outside the front door with new starts planted.  If you have interest in helping to keep the garden tended, please email Jen and let her know.

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Our local produce farms have been extremely busy bringing our store fantastic lettuces, beets, carrots, chard, five kinds of kale, walla walla onions and green onions, collard greens, peas, radishes, garlic and BERRIES!!!  Tayberrries, raspberries, strawberries…..you just can’t beat our local berries!  Thanks to Whiskey Creek Organics, Greenfields, Velazquez and Fiacre Acres for bringing us a beautiful harvest!

On sale now:  Raspberries from Greenfield Farms  $4.50 regularly $4.75 a pint.

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Delivery Schedule…

 Just a reminder of our current delivery schedule:

* Our big produce orders come in on Mondays and Fridays after 2:00 PM.

* A small produce order comes in on Tuesday evenings.

* Greenfields Farm and Whiskey Creek Organics deliver produce on Tuesdays, late afternoon.

* Bread Stop bread arrives on Mondays after 2:00 PM.

* Farmhouse Bakery bread is available on Wednesday mornings.

 

~Like us on Facebook to find out right away about changes in our delivery schedule, arrival of new products and sales.~

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 Recipe

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S’mores

  • 8 regular size graham crackers (broken in half)
  • 2 milk chocolate bars (broken into squares)
  • 8 marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Lay 1/2 of the graham crackers on a cookie sheet. Top with chocolate pieces to cover. Use kitchen scissors to snip the large marshmallows in 1/2 horizontally and cover w/ remaining 1/2 of graham cracker.

Bake about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining graham crackers, pressing down slightly to make a sandwich. Serve immediately, while still warm.

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 Upcoming Events

1.   July 25th,  10:00 AM-   Store Operations Workgroup Committee Meeting at Co-op.

Open to all members.   Held the last Friday of every month.

2.  July 28th, 6:30 PM-  Board Meeting at Co-op.  Open to all members.

Held the last Monday of every month.

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Notes and Updates

Mark your calendar for Friday, July 4th….the store will be closing at 2 p.m. that day.

Remember to check out the weekly farmers market every Saturday from 10 to 2 at Pro Lumber parking lot ( 310 HWY 101 in Florence).  Your local growers and craft artisans will be there!

 

Store Needs…..       

-Do you have any cloth bags you are not using?  If so, please bring them to the store and we will share them w/ others.

-Do you have any empty containers for bulk item purchasers?  If the free container shelf area is full please do not add new jars/containers.  If you are dropping off any clean jars/lids or plastic containers please leave them (even clean ones) by the sink so they may be properly sanitized before use.

-We are still seeking financial donations to help fund the moving of our compressors (the ones under the coolers).  We need to move them for a few reasons:  reduce heat in the store, help preserve the quality of the products in the coolers, and help lower noise in the store to make for a more pleasant shopping experience.  Estimated cost of this job is about $2,000.00  We appreciate your support!

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 HAPPY INDEPENDENCE  DAY

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-For those looking for BPA-free organic canned goods, Muir Glen has organic BPA-free tomato products, and Westbrae has organic BPA-free canned beans for the regular sized 15-oz cans (check the label, they are labeled BPA-free on the front with a green label).  Their larger sizes of canned beans still have BPA lining.-

 

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Cashier Openings/ July 2-5

Good Morning,

We have had lots of lovely rain and I’m hoping for a little sunshine today.

We have cashier needs for the end of this week.  Call me to verify. Thanks for all you do.

Thursday, July 3                          10a-12p; 12p-3p

Friday, July 4                                10a-12p; 12p-2p

Saturday, July 5                           10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Rene

~Please note we will be closing at 2pm on Friday, the 4th of July.~

 

 

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News From the Co-op

Store Hours

Monday        10-6
Tuesday        10-7
Wednesday  10-6
Thursday      10-6
Friday           10-6
Saturday       10-6
Sunday          Closed

 

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RECIPE

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Creamsicle Smoothie

Makes 5 1/2 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1  (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2  small bananas, roughly chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2  cups vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2  cup orange juice
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.
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Deadly Duo

ACTION ALERT From Organic Consumers Association

What’s more poisonous than Dow’s 2,4-D “Agent Orange” herbicide or Monsanto’s Roundup?

Enlist Duo, an herbicide made of both 2,4-D and Roundup.

The OCA has submitted more than 19,000 signatures to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking regulators to reject Dow’s request for approval of 2,4-D for use on the company’s new Enlist brand corn and soy, genetically engineered to tolerate massive amounts of 2.4-D.

But Dow is also asking for approval of a new, even deadlier herbicide. Enlist Duo uses a combination of 2,4-D, one of the toxic ingredients in Agent Orange, and Roundup, whose key active ingredient, glyphosate, is linked to a host of ills, including birth defects, infertility, allergies and cancer.

TAKE ACTION: DEADLINE JUNE 30: Tell the EPA, Don’t let Dow poison our food with its “Deadly Duo” of Agent Orange and Roundup herbicides.

Photo credit: khantheripper cc

 

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