Cashier Openings This Week

Good Afternoon,

It’s another Beautiful day.  Those bits of rain are good but the fall sunshine is even better.

Again I want to thank all of you for helping out so generously during this time of transition.

Tuesday, September 29                               3p-6p

Wednesday, September 30                      12p-3p; 3p-6p

Thursday, October 1                                     3p-6p

Friday, October 2                                          3p-6p

Saturday, October 3                                   10a-12p; 12p-3p; 3p-6p

Laurie Stone
Cashier Trainer
Email or (541) 991-2999
Rene Dobbins
Cashier Coordinator
Email or (541) 268-6846

Hope to see you at the board meeting next Wednesday…

Thanks, Rene

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The Co-op Needs You!

Dear Owner/Members,

Summer is winding down, and with the end of summer the Saturday Market that compliments the Co-op, will also come to an end.  In a town the size of Florence, it’s essential that we have a Co-op as an alternative focal point that can fill our needs year round, that works with local farms during the growing season.   To that end, volunteers are helping to reorganize financially and materially for a more responsive store with a wider range of product availability. And in this context, it is important that we, the member/owners, step up to fill the gaps while Ian and the Support Committee get a handle on making these changes.

Now more than ever, we need you to support their efforts. Right now, cashiering is the most important factor in giving Ian time to organize. We need cashiers who can commit to shifts, every week for the next six weeks, if possible.  Any slots you can fill are so appreciated. And of course, you will receive a 15%, for any nine hours you fill, as a discount on your purchases. If you can help in this way, it’s really a win-win for all of us.

And we need to bypass other chain stores and give our business to the Co-op.

Please keep in mind that you have all worked hard to have a Co-op in Florence. Maintaining it’s life and vibrancy is not just the work of the Board, Manager, and committees, but of the owner/members.  Without you, we do not exist. And if we can co-operate to meet this present challenge to its existence, we will have truly made it a co-operative. And thank you for the time and effort you have so loyally given these past years. ~admin~



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Co-op Calendar for September

Calling  all members.  Believe it or not, inventory time is coming up again on the 20th of September, and the Co-op needs your help.  This is an important time to get the store reorganized , so please come and join us at 1:00 PM on Sunday … help us get this task done quickly.  Many hands make light work.  Bring snacks for yourself, and to share.

Co-op Board meetings are the last Wednesday of each month.  This month’s meeting falls on the 30th.  Now that we have a new manager and new processes are in the works, it would be wonderful if our members could participate in these meetings. ~admin


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Your Acid/Alkaline Balance For Health

A recent joint injury made me suddenly aware of the vagaries of bones and bodies, especially as we age.  After the initial shock of “how could this happen to me?” I decided to research joint health, bone health and diet. What I read reminded me that over the past years my information has consistently pointed to a healthy balance of acid and alkaline foods in the diet for optimum bone health and immune system function. (I have to admit to succumbing to all my favorite foods at times, you know: cheese, cookies, chocolate, coffee, popcorn with lots of butter, pizza, ice cream…you get the idea.  And I can pretty much connect my long lapses with some kind of health issue.)

For starters, I’ve read that a healthy body and immune system should have an 80/20 balance of alkaline to acid foods in the diet. If one were to go deeper, Indian Ayurveda philosophy, based on body type, winnows those foods down to the ones most beneficial for each body type. Putting the two together may be good if you want to take the time to experiment with finding out who you are physically, what you actually require for good health, and can take the time to work on changing your diet in this way.  If you want to ‘go there’, a good book is  A Life in Balance,  by Maya Tiwari, which explains the Indian philosophy of body types and the foods that support them, along with recipes for each type.  This may or may not appeal to many caucasians, but it was interesting to see, in my case, the correlation between the foods for my type, and the subsequent balance of acid and alkaline. You’ll find of course, that fruits and vegetables are heavily in the 80% category.  However some are not entirely alkaline, and this is where balance comes in.

To just start simply, you can read the discussion below, from and arm yourself with the foods that are beneficial for you:

“The following lists go over the acid or alkaline values of the foods we eat.  The accurate way to measure the alkalinity of food is how the food changes the pH value of the tissues of the body.  Once food is digested, an “ash” is formed.  The pH of this ash is different from the pH value of the actual food itself.  Lemons for example are very acidic by themselves however when digested they have an alkaline effect in the body! (I drink a glass of lemon water every morning before I eat. ed)

A simple way to begin this alkaline lifestyle program is to begin by looking over the lists below and start by increasing the amount of alkaline foods that get onto your plate and reducing the amount of acidic foods that you consume.  And most important, have fun!  There are so many creative ways to prepare great tasting alkaline meals.  for recipes and ideas visit this

Highly Alkalizing Foods

Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Avocado, baking soda, beet greens, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cabbage lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celery root, chard, chicory, chives, cilantro,collards, comfrey, cucumbers, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, fennel, garlic, ginger, wheat grass and its juice, barley grass, kamut grass, green beans, jicama, kohlrabi, leeks, lemon, lettuce, lima beans, lime, lotus root, mustard greens, onions, parsley, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radishes, rhubarb, rutabaga, sea salt, sea vegetables, seaweed, sorrel, soy lecithin, soy beans, soy nuts, spinach, sprouted beans-grains-seeds in all varieties, squash, sweet potatoes, taro root, tomatoes, tomatillos, turnips, wasabi, watercress, zucchini.


Moderately Alkalizing Foods

Raw Almonds, borage oil, brazil nuts, buckwheat groats, burdock root, caraway seeds, chia seeds, cumin seeds, dasheen, fennel seeds flax seed oil, flax seeds, hazelnuts, herbs, millet, nigella seeds, parsnip, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, radishes, sesame seeds, soy flour, stevia, sunflower seeds, tofu.

Low Alkalizing Foods

Amaranth, black-eyed peas, Bragg liquid aminos™, apples, apricots, bananas, black currants, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cold pressed oils, currants, dates, evening primrose oil, figs, flax seed oil, gooseberries, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, mandarin oranges, mangos, marine lipids, nectarines, olive oil, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, pomegranates, raspberries, red currants, rose hips, strawberries, tangerines, ugli fruit, watermelon. (Note: High sugar fruits (as in watermelon…my note)are acidic in an imbalanced body and are best in season and for cleansing purposes in moderation.  Fruit juice is not recommended)   fava beans, head lettuce, kamut, miso, pecans, quinoa, rice (brown and basmati), spelt, spices, string beans, sunflower oil, teff, vegetable broth, vegetables cooked, walnuts, wax beans, wild rice.

Neutral Foods

Fresh coconut meat and water, ghee, xylitol

Low Acidic Foods

Agave nectar, brown rice syrup, fresh water fish, dried fruit, honey raw, lentils, olives, rye bread, sprouted-grain bread and meal, whole grain bread and meal.

Moderately Acid Foods

Barley, beans, carob, cashews, cranberries, fructose, granola, legumes, pistachios, turbinado sugar, vanilla, wheat, stored potatoes, soy sauce, tamari, tapioca,

Highly Acidic Foods

Bacon, barley malt sweetener, biscuits, butter, bread-white bread, chicken, cheese, eggs, cakes, corn, corn meal, crab, lobster, mushrooms, organic cheese, oatmeal, oats, ocean fish, pasta, pastries, pork, rice, sausages, shrimp, turkey, veal, Alcohol of all kinds, artificial sweeteners, candy, cheese, cocoa, coffee and black tea, cottonseed oil, refined oils, both raw milk and cow’s milk that has been homogenized and pasteurized, fried foods of all kinds, game birds, hydrogenated oil, ice cream, jam, jelly, hops, malt, margarine, milk chocolate, MSG, processed foods, pudding, refined sugar, white sugar, table salt (NaCl), vinegar of all kinds, yeast, soft drinks, candy, processed foods of all kinds.

Note:  Many sites include or exclude certain foods from these categories.  If you have a concern about something less common on food charts, like cocoa nibs or goji berries, etc., these answers are pretty much ubiquitous online.

There is a book called  The Ultimate Ph Solution, by Michelle Schoffre Coo, DNM, DAc. co/2008.  You can probably still get it new or used online.

Women who are just concerned about mineral (calcium etc.) balances in the body, and eat a more mainstream diet can get The Bone Density Program by George Kessler, D.O., P.C.

The following site is a prescription for cleansing.  I notice that some things are not included in the list…like apples..?

Alas, some sites say that chocolate is verboten. But raw cacao nibs (available at the Co-op) are extremely beneficial for your health.  Here’s a site to look at…kinda fun:

Here is the David Wolfe Youtube presentation of super foods on if you want a different take on what you put in your body:

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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth – The FDA’s Illegal Release of GE Food


In 1998, when Steven Druker’s organization, the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, and several other plaintiffs, including 9 well-credentialed life scientists, filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Association (FDA), they had no idea what they were about to discover and uncover. The story that unfolded through the process of this lawsuit is so appalling and … continue reading …

Find out more

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New England Journal of Medicine on Glyphosate

Self-propelled row-crop sprayer applying pesticide to post-emergent corn –wikipedia

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not high on most physicians’ worry lists. If we think at all about biotechnology, most of us probably focus on direct threats to human health, such as prospects for converting pathogens to biologic weapons or the implications of new technologies for editing the human germline. But while those debates simmer, the application of biotechnology to agriculture has been rapid and aggressive. The vast majority of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States are now genetically engineered. Foods produced from GM crops have become ubiquitous. And unlike regulatory bodies in 64 other countries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require labeling of GM foods.

Two recent developments are dramatically changing the GMO landscape. First, there have been sharp increases in the amounts and numbers of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops, and still further increases — the largest in a generation — are scheduled to occur in the next few years. Second, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate, the herbicide most widely used on GM crops, as a “probable human carcinogen”1 and classified a second herbicide, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), as a “possible human carcinogen.”2

The application of genetic engineering to agriculture builds on the ancient practice of selective breeding. But unlike traditional selective breeding, genetic engineering vastly expands the range of traits that can be moved into plants and enables breeders to import DNA from virtually anywhere in the biosphere. Depending on the traits selected, genetically engineered crops can increase yields, thrive when irrigated with salty water, or produce fruits and vegetables resistant to mold and rot.

The National Academy of Sciences has twice reviewed the safety of GM crops — in 2000 and 2004.3 Those reviews, which focused almost entirely on the genetic aspects of biotechnology, concluded that GM crops pose no unique hazards to human health. They noted that genetic transformation has the potential to produce unanticipated allergens or toxins and might alter the nutritional quality of food. Both reports recommended development of new risk-assessment tools and postmarketing surveillance. Those recommendations have largely gone unheeded.

Herbicide resistance is the main characteristic that the biotechnology industry has chosen to introduce into plants. Corn and soybeans with genetically engineered tolerance to glyphosate (Roundup) were first introduced in the mid-1990s. These “Roundup-Ready” crops now account for more than 90% of the corn and soybeans planted in the United States.4 Their advantage, especially in the first years after introduction, is that they greatly simplify weed management. Farmers can spray herbicide both before and during the growing season, leaving their crops unharmed.

But widespread adoption of herbicide-resistant crops has led to overreliance on herbicides and, in particular, on glyphosate.5 In the United States, glyphosate use has increased by a factor of more than 250 — from 0.4 million kg in 1974 to 113 million kg in 2014. Global use has increased by a factor of more than 10. Not surprisingly, glyphosate-resistant weeds have emerged and are found today on nearly 100 million acres in 36 states. Fields must now be treated with multiple herbicides, including 2,4-D, a component of the Agent Orange defoliant used in the Vietnam War.

The first of the two developments that raise fresh concerns about the safety of GM crops is a 2014 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve Enlist Duo, a new combination herbicide comprising glyphosate plus 2,4-D. Enlist Duo was formulated to combat herbicide resistance. It will be marketed in tandem with newly approved seeds genetically engineered to resist glyphosate, 2,4-D, and multiple other herbicides. The EPA anticipates that a 3-to-7-fold increase in 2,4-D use will result.

In our view, the science and the risk assessment supporting the Enlist Duo decision are flawed. The science consisted solely of toxicologic studies commissioned by the herbicide manufacturers in the 1980s and 1990s and never published, not an uncommon practice in U.S. pesticide regulation. These studies predated current knowledge of low-dose, endocrine-mediated, and epigenetic effects and were not designed to detect them. The risk assessment gave little consideration to potential health effects in infants and children, thus contravening federal pesticide law. It failed to consider ecologic impact, such as effects on the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. It considered only pure glyphosate, despite studies showing that formulated glyphosate that contains surfactants and adjuvants is more toxic than the pure compound.

The second new development is the determination by the IARC in 2015 that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen”1 and 2,4-D a “possible human carcinogen.”2 These classifications were based on comprehensive assessments of the toxicologic and epidemiologic literature that linked both herbicides to dose-related increases in malignant tumors at multiple anatomical sites in animals and linked glyphosate to an increased incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans.

These developments suggest that GM foods and the herbicides applied to them may pose hazards to human health that were not examined in previous assessments. We believe that the time has therefore come to thoroughly reconsider all aspects of the safety of plant biotechnology. The National Academy of Sciences has convened a new committee to reassess the social, economic, environmental, and human health effects of GM crops. This development is welcome, but the committee’s report is not expected until at least 2016.

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Please Support the Local Community Food Rights Charter

A note from Michelle Holman about Lane County Local Food Rights:

“Let’s protect our County’s local food system from GMO contamination.

Lane County has a vibrant local food system that we need to protect.The Willamette Valley is one of the last five specialty seed-growing regions in the world for varieties such as brassicas (e.g. cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, mustard, rutabaga, etc.) that are the most susceptible to contamination by GMOs. Once contaminated, it would be virtually impossible to re-establish this industry.

You can help!
The Right to a Local Food System Charter Amendment is now in the signature gathering 
phase. We need folks to step up and gather signatures in West Lane County.
If you can help by either becoming the organizer of this effort in Florence or just want to gather signatures, please contact Michelle Holman at or Dan Wilson at

Together, we will protect our precious local food system.

What this charter amendment will do:
The Right to a Local Food System of Lane County Charter Amendment will recognize county residents’ rights to a local food system, seed heritage (seed saving), and bans GMO agriculture countywide.”
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Organic Consumers/ GMO Materials Available at the Coop

ACTION ALERT From Organic Consumers Association

Don’t Do It!

Now that the House has passed H.R. 1599, the so-called “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” we’re waiting to see who introduces a Senate version of the bill, and what that bill will look like.

But before anything can happen in the Senate, Monsanto and Big Food need to find a Democrat and a Republican willing to introduce the Senate version of H.R. 1599, or as we prefer to call it, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.

On the Republican side, word on the street is that Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) may step up to the plate as soon as Congress returns from its August recess—that is, unless ananti-H.R. 1599 editorial in his home state newspaper, the Bismarck Tribune, causes him to think twice.

Whether it’s Hoeven who does the deed, or another Republican, Monsanto and Big Food will still need a Senate Democrat to also cosponsor the bill. Anything less than a bipartisan effort will fail.

So who are the likely suspects on the Dem side of the aisle? We’ve identified 12 Democratic Senators who we think might be willing to carry the water for Monsanto. We need your help to convince them that going against the will of nine out of 10 voters could spell political suicide.

TAKE ACTION: Please sign the petition asking these 12 Senate Democrats to promise they won’t cosponsor a Senate version of the DARK Act!

Email us if you want to attend or organize a meeting with your Senators

Keep track of scheduled meetings

Download your DARK Act flyer

Download these DARK Act talking points

Call 202-224-3121. Ask to speak to your Senator’s staff, and let them know you want them to oppose H.R. 1599. Don’t forget to post on your Senator’s Facebook page!

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Senator: Support Consumer and States’ Rights. Reject Rep. Pompeo’s DARK Act—H.R. 1599—and any other federal legislation that would preempt states’ rights to label GMOs!

Organic Consumers Association materials available at the Coop:

Bumper stickers:

1. Monsanto makes us sick

2. Give bees a chance: Go Organic

3. Monsanto makes us sick  –  8″X11″ signs and 2’x5′ banner, (borrow)


1. Are you eating Monsanto’s  GMO 

2. Monsanto’ Roundup – it’s  making us sick

3. Plight of the honeybee

For more information, go to :



Many of you know   “that Legislation dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act (H.R. 1599), passed the House of Representatives ….. by a vote of 275-150. The bill preempts state and local authority to label and regulate genetically engineered (GE) foods. A Senate version of this bill has not yet been introduced.

The bill, backed largely by House Republicans, codifies a voluntary labeling system approach, blocks the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from ever implementing mandatory GE food labeling and allows food companies to continue to make misleading “natural” claims for foods that contain GE ingredients.

A number of farm state Democrats joined House Republicans in passing the bill. Twelve Republicans voted against the bill citing infringement of states’ rights and local control.

“It’s outrageous that some House lawmakers voted to ignore the wishes of nine out of 10 Americans,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs for Environmental Working Group (EWG). “Today’s vote to deny Americans the right to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown was a foregone conclusion. This House was bought and paid for by corporate interests, so it’s no surprise that it passed a bill to block states and the FDA from giving consumers basic information about their food.”

More than 300 organizations, companies and food industry and social justice leaders oppose the DARK Act in the face of massive spending and lobbying by big chemical and food companies, according to EWG. Polls show a large majority of people in key states and across the country support mandatory GMO labeling.”


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How To Special Order at the Co-op

Your Co-op works to find those things we cannot immediately supply, and Special Orders are a good way to find them and  save money.  Orders usually come in  25-50 lb. bags, or cases. But there is a “split list” on the Co-op Connections board for those who want to share an order. Members are charged a 25% mark-up, and non-members, a 35% mark-up.

Ask your cashier to see the catalogues. You can write your order on the Special Order Sheet or give your information to the cashier. You will be called when the order comes in.

(A deposit is required for orders over $300.)

Orders for UNFI:

-Order Wednesday by noon for Saturday noon(ish) pick up.

Orders for Hummingbird, Cafe Mam, Cafeto, Surata, Springfield Creamery, DeCasa, Deck:

-Order Friday noon for Wednesday morning pick up.

Orders for OGC:

-Order Friday noon for Monday 1PM pick up.

-Order Monday noon for Wednesday AM pick up

-Order Tuesday noon for Friday noon (isn) pick up

Knee Deep: 

-Order Tuesday for Monday 1 PM (ish) pick-up

Local Produce:

Please call for delivery schedule

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Still Gardening?

We still have Sero Seeds at RFC! 

We are excited to now carry Sero Seeds…local, organic and biodynamic! Our display rack can be found at the front of the store. We are happy to offer these seeds at below market price: $3.30 for members and $3.65 for non-members. Visit Sero Seeds for more info.

And we have copies of the Locally Grown Guide from Willamette Farm and Food Coalition available at the storeThis publication lists local farms and producers.

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