Comparing food co-ops to conventional grocery stores
Looking for healthy foods and healthy communities? A study (released August 2012) suggests that, in this country, you should look for a food cooperative! Since we are members of the National Cooperative Grocer's Association, we're not too surprised they've been able to buttress our intuitions with data. It's interesting reading, in summary or in full.
NCGA partnered with the ICA Group – a national not-for-profit research organization – to compile the data used to develop Healthy Foods Healthy Communities: The Social and Economic Impacts of Food Co-ops. The ICA Group compiled data from industry and government resources, food cooperative financial data collected by CoopMetrics for NCGA, and previous NCGA surveys. The ICA Group developed two additional surveys, one targeted to retail food co-ops and the other to the conventional grocery industry.
The Davis Food Co-op is working with farmers, other co-ops, land trusts, and people like you to make sure that California farmers don't get priced out of the market for farm land. In the video below, Jeff Main of Good Humus Produce in the Capay Valley of Yolo County describes a strategy of adding stipulations to conservation easements, in order to assure that farmers can and will live on their land.
"Each generation builds on the past generation" — quite a vision for a future of farming!
If you are interested in supporting "One Farm at a Time" with a donation, please send a check to Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation at this address:
Davis Food Co-op Attn: Twin Pines/OFaaT 716 Sixth Street Davis, CA 95616
What will "Fair Trade" become?
Our Co-op has been involved in efforts to make sure producers overseas gain a fair share when their crops are sold here in the United States. When coffee, or bananas, or hand crafts are "just a commodity," the producer often gets just a few pennies of the dollar.
In contrast, "Fair Trade" products have a fairly impressive record of returning more money to farmers and processors overseas. Many wholesalers or other organizations in fair trade have worked with cooperatives and communities to provide community development assistance, for an impact greater than "just" the increased income.
Our partners at FishWise are working on a research report on imported seafood and the connection to human trafficking. Just as environmentally-sustainable farmers have often lead the way in promoting reasonable wages and human rights, there's some movement among sustainable seafood providers.
"Unfortunately, fishing related industries—most...
Doug Walter, Membership Director • September19,2013
Politically-informed members are probably aware that a measure similar to California's defeated Proposition 37 will be on the ballot in Washington state. Voters there will be judging I-522 on November 5, 2013.
Donations for and against the initiatives have been of concern to some shoppers, because many “natural” and organic brands are owned by corporations that support the...
The Cornucopia Institute (of WI) has published an action alert, because they believe the "FDA’s new food safety rules have the real potential to force some of the safest local and organic farms out of business!"
They continue, "[i]n response to deadly outbreaks involving spinach, peanut products and eggs, Congress acted decisively three...
A Vermont organic grower writes about spraying on a member-owned Community Supported Agriculture farm, and draws an analogy to visiting the dentist. We found this a fascinating and balanced view of what could either be a scary or mysterious part of organic farming.
The Cornucopia Institute has raised concerns about a draft guidance to be released tomorrow (July 23, 2013). They are questioning whether regulations addressing outdoor access at organic egg producers is relevant or necessary, when, "[p]ublished studies show that cages, flies and large flock sizes are...
The 2012 Congress failed to pass the Farm Bill, due every five years. Instead, all the programs from the 2007 were continued. This was unfortunate (or worse), both because of priorities that now appear misplaced, and opportunities for savings were foregone.
The Senate and House both did have versions of a new Farm Bill. As you would suspect, given that different parties control the two...
California almonds sold domestically through retail stores must now be treated with a toxic fumigant or treatment with high-temperature heat. Although they continue to be sold as "raw," many consumers are unhappy with this Federal rule.
We have been following this process and have commented that we think organic local almonds can be sold...
By the Board of Directors of the Davis Food Co-op • October8,2012
The Davis Food Co-op would like to publicly voice its support for Proposition 37 on the November California ballot. For us, Proposition 37 is fundamentally about information, disclosure, and consumers' “right to know” – not a judgment about genetic engineering in agriculture.
The consumer cooperative movement has a long history of leadership in advancing consumer...
The Cornucopia Institute, proponents of Proposition 37, have again updated their poster about who in the "natural products industry" is donating in favor of and in opposition to the measure on the November ballot measure that would seek to label GMO foods.
We are much more than food co-ops: we are consumer, producer, share-service, worker, and hybrid cooperatives. We are celebrating ourselves all year, and October is just a crescendo of sorts. In Davis, we're focused especially on ...
The Cornucopia Institute, proponents of Proposition 37, have updated their poster about who in the "natural products industry" is donating in favor of and in opposition to the measure on the November ballot.
by Doug Walter, Membership Director • September7,2012
Proposition 37 puts RIGHT TO KNOW on the California ballot in November, 2012
The Davis Food Co-op has not taken a position on whether recombinant-DNA technology is appropriate in food or other crops. We have, generally, been supportive of clear and fair labeling of products, and the general "right to know." That's why we support Proposition 37...
Doug Walter, Membership Director • September6,2012
Have “health claims for organic food” been debunked?
You might think so, based on headlines written to accompany stories carried by many newspapers, public radio, and web sites. They were interpreting the publication of a meta-review of already-published papers in the September 4, 2012 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, by senior author Dr. Dena Bravata, a senior...