Why Buy Organic?

Kids are sometimes the best teachers because they like to ask questions and then tell the right answer!

Here's a sweet young lady who decided to ask the question, “Why Buy Organic?”

Here's what she discovered:

Makes you think, doesn't it? That's why your Co-op puts a lot of value on local and ogranic and will always do so.

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Seven Reasons to “Eat Local”

Eating local foods supports our local economy. A study by the New Economics Foundation in London shows that for every dollar spent locally, two times that much is generated as income for the local economy.   (reference)

Locally grown produce has more nutritional value and better taste. Most plant foods purchased in chain grocery and big-box stores have been in transit for days or weeks.   Co-ops and farmers’ markets sell at least some produce picked in the last 24-48 hours before they reach you, which means they have longer to ripen on the plant, tree, or vine and develop optimal flavor and nutrition.  Remember, a plant food’s nutritional value begins to decline the moment it’s picked, sort of like the value of a new car when you drive it off the lot.  And foods with higher nutritional content, more “aliveness” if you will, simply have more flavor.

Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating what our local environment offers as the seasons change, we eat foods at their peak of taste, their greatest abundance, and lowest cost.  It connects us with the flow of nature and saves us money.  Now that’s a win-win!

Buying locally educates us about our own food culture. Whether it’s the dairy farmer who brings her fresh milk to our market or the baker who grinds his own wheat for those luscious loaves, every grower, artisan and producer has a story that contributes richly to our local food culture.  We connect with our community when we learn their stories.

Local food translates to more variety. Local farmers get creative, growing unusual varieties and diverse crops that don’t need to be genetically modified on a massive scale to withstand rough handling and long transit times.  And you get to surprise dinner guests with Flashy Troutback Romaine and Anuenue (Hawaiian for rainbow) lettuce instead of the mass-produced, rough-and-ready Romaine and Iceberg.

Eating local improves air quality. A March 2005 study by the journal Food Policy determined that the miles food travels before we consume it creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying organic. (reference)  A gradual move on the part of each food consumer toward a local organic diet will make a difference both to our health as individuals and to the health of our communities in every regard.

Eating local farmers’ foods sustains the land.  Small farmers rely on their land to yield for them year after year; they have a vested interest in environmentally sound agricultural practices that allow the land that is their livelihood to continually renew its fertility.

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Feed A Family: Give the Gift of Gobble

This Thanksgiving the Yelm Food Co-op will contribute to our community’s ongoing work of nourishing families in need through a project called “Feed a Family:  Give the Gift of Gobble.” The project will provide a family from each church in the Yelm area with all the plentiful, healthy ingredients for a full Thanksgiving feast.  Each meal will include a 16-pound free-range turkey, fresh organic potatoes and vegetables, stuffing and gravy mix (both gluten-free, by choice), cranberry sauce, Stone Ground bakery dinner rolls, and dessert.  To facilitate this, donations of any dollar amount are being accepted at the Yelm Food Co-op until November 30, 2010.

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Yelm Food CO-OPportunity Day

On November 14, 2010, Yelm Food Co-op will host its first Annual CO-OPportunity Day from 1:00-4:00 PM.  The featured guest will be Gary Di Donato, the brains behind Smart Nutrition in Tumwater.  Gary will be sharing his extensive knowledge of nutrition gained during 20 years devoted to studying the herbal and dietary practices of cultures around the world.  He has expertise in how vitamins, minerals and other nutritional components promote optimal health and has helped countless people sort through the array of supplements available today.  The Co-op will offer members a Special Event discount of 10% off everything in the store, including its wide selection of nutritional supplements.  Non-members who elect to join and support the Co-op can pay $5.00 per month for 15 months to enjoy member benefits immediately on CO-OPportunity Day.

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Talk About Curing Autism Harvest Party

On Saturday, October 30, 2010, the Co-op had a booth at the Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Harvest Party held at Schilter Family Farm in Olympia.  The event was tailored to the needs of the children participating, with a specific focus on Halloween treats that were gluten-free and dai

ry-free since most autistic children have special dietary needs.

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