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Kurt Timmermeiseter and Sustainability

Our Co-op is taking a turn towards a more farmer-based approach to our food supply. By reducing the amount of product we source from faceless distributors at the end of long, unaccountable, international supply lines, the better off we feel we will be. In fact, if we make this approach work, we will be creating a system of sustainability for the farmers we buy from, and for our Co-op.

So what is this sustainability concept so many of us have heard about? One man who can answer that question for you is Kurt Timmermeister a farmer and sustanability advocate right around the corner from us in Yelm. OK, so Vashon Island isn’t exactly “around the corner”, but it’s close and Kurt’s farm called Kurtwood is a place some of us definitely want to visit. He’s written a book about his life there called “Growing a Farmer, How I Learned to Live Off the Land.”

But back to sustainability. In a recent post on ZesterDaily.com, Kurt writes this about what it is:

The definition of a sustainable farm should depend primarily on whether the farm is financially viable; whether it is profitable enough to continue in business for the next year and for many years to come. Whether it can sustain itself. Even better, the designation should include the possibility that the children of the farmers will want to take over the farm when they are old enough. If I saw a farm where children happily forgo a career in law or finance to return from college and carry on their parents’ legacy, that would be the definition of a sustainable farm.

He goes on to give a great example of how a sustainable farm must price things and that the end price will probably be higher than similar products at a big box retail store. More importantly, he explains why that is important to both us, our customers and the farmer.

One example he uses is a carrot. The final sentence in this article sums up the philosophy we must all embrace if we are to regain control of our food supply:

“Small farms will never win on price and must stop attempting to. They can succeed by differentiating their carrots; branding them as unique and pricing them at a true sustainable price.”

You can read the whole article here:
TThe Golden Rules of Sustainability

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Occupy Food

As the Occupy movement sweeps through the land, more and more groups are seeing their place in it. Most recently, the movement was joined by farmers in what is called “Farmers’ March” which went to New York City’s Zuccotti Park made somewhat famous recently by the Occupy Wall Street movement. The march was organized by the Food Justice Committee of the movement.

One of the leaders of the march, and the movement, is Jim Gerritsen who has run his own farm, Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater, since 1976. He is also the President of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, the trade organization for the organic seed industry.

He, and the organization, are suing Monsanto Corp to protect growers and consumers of organic foods. Farmers are at risk of having airborne pollen end up in their crops, contaminating them and rendering what would be an organic crop simply a GMO crop.

But adding insult to injury, Monsanto has successfully sued nearly 100 farmers for patent infringement for having “stolen” their product.

A recent article on the Common Dreams website, quoted Gerristen:

“Farmers lose not only the value of the organic crop, but we are also open to patent infringement lawsuits,” Gerritsen said “Monsanto can contend that the (organic) farm is in possession of a (patented) Monsanto product.”

Let’s hope, for all our sakes, that the organic farmers win this one!

The whole article is here:
Maine Farmer the Face of Organic Growers’ Fight Against Monsanto

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Pesticides Linked to ADHD in Children

adhd and pesticidesHardly anybody would buy a can of bug killer (pesticide) and then spray it on their kid's cereal, or their muffins, or their chicken dinner.

But our food supply is loaded with pesticides sprayed on crops throughout the US which then ends up in the food supply. Voila! You have bug spray in your kid's cereal and they are potential ADHD cases!

This “free” additive farmers and food growers now add to our food is increasingly linked to health problems. The latest research shows link between pesticides and ADHD in children.

New research published by the Journal Pediatrics is showing this link absolutely. An article carried by MSNBC.com from Sept 11, 2001 has this to say, in part:

“It's mainly exposure through food. Diet is the driver,” say

s pediatrician and public health expert Phil Landrigan, MD, professor and chair of the department of community and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. “For most people, diet is the predominant source. It's been shown that people who switch to an organic diet knock down the levels of pesticide by-products in their urine by 85 to 90 percent.”

So how do you protect yourself and your family? The report goes on to say what we have always said: Buy Organic! which you can do with safety from the Yelm Food Co-op.

If you are buying from normal grocery stores, you should check beforehand the Environmental Working Group's “Dirty Dozen” to see what produce that is not organic is the most dangerous.

You owe it to your health and to your family's health to be informed and make wise choices. Our nation's food supply is compromised to big farms and big chemical companies that produce the pesticides – they go for max production, the quality be damned, profits are more important. ADHD in children, and adults, is an unfortunate byproduct – collateral damage it's called!

Of course, there is also the evidence that shows they do this on purpose, but that is a subject for a different post.

Make a wise choice – Buy at the Yelm Food Co-op – we are Good for Your Health!

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Growing Local – It’s Happening!

Focus on Food is a series of events that starts Saturday, Augusr 20th and concludes with a pot luck meal and meeting Oct. 14 at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia and a food summit Oct. 15 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey.

What's it all about? One of the organizers, TJ Johnson, a Board member of the Olympia Food Co-op, puts mobile.ae.org it this way:

, more resilient to climate change and less vulnerable to rising fuel and food prices, noted Johnson, a former Olympia City Council member who now works full time trying to create a more sustainable, local food supply for a Thurston County population that is projected to grow by more than 120,000 people in the next 20 years.

We want to take control of our food future as a community.

This is what we have been dreaming off since the Yelm Food Co-op opened in 2007. and now it's happening and we will be a part of it!

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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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The Foods You Shouldn’t Touch With a Ten Foot Pole

So What Foods Should You Avoid Like the Plague?

In my mind this is where most people will get the biggest payoff for the amount of effort involved. The average person consumes more than one gallon of soda per week. Reducing or eliminating soda from your diet is one of the easiest shifts to make.

Most diet sodas are worse than regular sodas, as you can read in my recent review on aspartame. When people ask me what is safer to drink: diet or regular soda, I ask them what they would rather be hit in the head with — a baseball bat or a sledgehammer? It’s a tough call, but I think a case can be made for regular soda being the lesser of two evils…
That said, regular soda with its high sugar content promotes yeast overgrowth, which in turn promotes allergies. In fact, many people with yeast-related allergies and food sensitivities tend to have sugar cravings, which is doubly problematic since it actually feeds the yeast that is already overgrown in their systems.
While many of you are not likely consuming many sodas, it is vital to understand the importance of this simple change for your friends and family who are not as health savvy as you. Gentle persistent encouragement of this principle will have massively profound implications on their health.
Fortunately there are simple alternatives that are relatively easy to implement. The best is pure clean water. I just completed a four-hour video interview with a leading water industry water expert and hope to share that with you in the next few weeks for more details.
For those who are really struggling, you can purchase carbonated water and use flavored liquid stevias for a taste that is very similar to most sodas.  You can also use Turbo Tapping, which is a highly effective, free EFT tapping technique.
Doughnuts and Pastries
Overall these foods are worse than soda as they not only contain sugar, typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup, but they also contain dangerous trans fats.  The reason I did not list this one first is that they are not consumed by as many people on a regular basis.
For more information about how trans fats promotes allergies, while saturated fats relieve them, please see this previous article.
French Fries
Oh, they taste so good, but are ever so bad for you as they are loaded with the worst types of fat on the planet — typically highly refined and genetically modified omega 6 oils, such as corn, canola, and soybean oils.
If you’re still unaware of the link between allergies and genetically engineered food ingredients (particularly soy), please review this recent article by GMO expert, Jeffrey Smith.
These highly processed omega-6 oils are bad enough if you eat them in the form of unheated salad dressing, but when these oils are heated to a high temperature, they transform into a potent mixture that is sure to destroy your health.
Avoid these like the plague. Be particularly careful when ordering hamburgers and other similar foods in a restaurant as most will include fries by default, and once they are at your table they’re hard to resist. So please be sure to order a healthier alternative.
Nearly All Breakfast Cereals
Breakfast is, without question, the single most challenging meal to eat outside of your home. Most of the typical breakfast offerings will drag your health down. The most commonly consumed breakfast are breakfast cereals, which are merely disguised forms of high fructose corn syrup loaded with genetically modified (GM) grains.  But pancakes, French toast, waffles, scrambled eggs and rolls don’t do much to improve your health either.
Many may wonder about the scrambled egg concern but the high heat oxidized cholesterol in the eggs and severely damages it. Far better to have the eggs MINIMALLY cooked or better yet raw eggs. (more…)

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