organic food

OB People’s Food Co-op: Still Relevant Or Out of Touch? – Part 4

October 19, 2009 by Doug Porter
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I volunteered to write this story after two other contributors (who are co-op members) to our community blog started out to write stories about the OB People’s Food Co-op during the past year and were so frustrated by the experience that they’ve given up rather than risk alienating themselves from an organization whose ideals they shared and whose role in the larger scope of things they valued. As one would-be author put it, in an email exchange with the Co-op:

“I am a proponent of the co-op. I honestly feel uncomfortable doing my shopping there this week, like I am going to give my member number and be denied. Is that how every vocal member-owner should feel just for voicing opinions?”

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Organic Food Is All That, and More. Just Eat It.

August 3, 2009 by Source
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by Timothy LaSalle

Good news! You can rest assured that the organic food you bought today is every bit as beneficial for you and the planet as it was three days ago. Advantages for health and ecological soundness are still there, despite a review released this week claiming that there is insufficient evidence to prove organic superiority on the nutritional grounds it evaluated.

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You Are What You Eat (and Buy): Organic Water, Greenwashing, and Corporate Truthiness

May 29, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

Greenwashing Goes Big Box…. Environmental consultants recently surveyed “big box” stores in the United States and Canada checking up on over two thousand “green” items. Only 2% of the items checked actually lived up to their sustainable or environmental claims. …

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Something stinks at Wholefoods: Union Busting in Hippie Clothing?

May 15, 2009 by Source
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Whole Foods Market is a highly profitable corporation that far outperforms its competitors, while maintaining an aura of commitment to social justice and environmental responsibility. Its clientele is attracted not only to its brightly lit array of pristine fruits and vegetables, organically farmed meats, and delectable (yet healthy) recipes, but also to the notion that the mere act of shopping at Whole Foods is helping to change the world.

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The Real Problem With Our Food System: A Response to ‘Organic vs Conventional’

May 14, 2009 by Source
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The earlier posted article “Organic vs Conventional: Have you been robbed?” takes aim at the wrong target. Much like the person who frets over which china to use while the house is on fire, you take organic– which accounts for 2-3% of food sales– to task while ignoring the rest of our food system.

Organic consumers have certainly not been robbed. On the contrary, …

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Organic vs Conventional: Have You Been Robbed?

May 13, 2009 by Source
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It’s Saturday afternoon and you’re checking out at your local co-op. You’re behind another member of your community, lining up your organic eggs, organic pork chops, organic milk, organic lamb shank, and organic cheese. You feel pretty content. You’re eating right, in a world full of chaos. Your body loves you.

But organic may not mean the food is better for you. ….

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