Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ban Factory Farms Spreading Deadly Flu

From the Organic Consumers Association:
Despite years of warnings by public interest organizations, such as the Organic Consumers Association and the Humane Society of the U.S., intensive confinement factory farms are incubating deadly viruses that could set off a deadly epidemic.

A dangerous and rapidly spreading strain of influenza, which combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans in a way researchers have not seen before, has killed over 150 people in Mexico, infecting thousands, and has spread to over a dozen countries, including the United States. President Obama, himself, may have been exposed to the disease, according to the New York Times, given that a Mexican official, Felipe Solis, he met with last week subsequently died with flu-like symptoms.

The World Health Organization warned early this week that the outbreak could reach global pandemic levels. The last major global pandemic, the 1918 flu epidemic, killed 20-50 million people.

Despite company denials, a number of Mexican and U.S. news outlets are pointing to Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pig producer ($12 billion in annual sales), as a likely source of the deadly outbreak. Smithfield sells pork and operates massive hog-raising operations in 40 nations, including Perote, Mexico, in the state of Vera Cruz, where the outbreak originated. For months, local residents and workers in Mexico have complained of pollution, contamination, and illnesses from the Smithfield plant. For years, Smithfield has been criticized in the United States for polluting rural communities, endangering public health, and exploiting workers and farmers.

Factory farms, such as Smithfield, feed pigs massive amounts of antibiotics, resulting in swine incubating and spreading antibiotic-resistant germs. These antibiotic-resistant pathogens are considered a major human health hazard by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Given these serious public health concerns, a number of health and safety organizations have called for limits or a ban on the practice of feeding antibiotics to farm animals, including the American Public Health Association, American Medical Association, Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Contact President Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack and urge them to:
Immediately ban Confined Animal Feeding Operations (hog, beef, and chicken factory farms) across the United States and end the dangerous practice of feeding antibiotics to farm animals.
Initiate a criminal investigation of Smithfield Foods and other major factory farms.
Learn more and Take Action in OCA's Swine and Bird Flu Center


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Asian Noodle Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing

Check out this zany video on how to prepare delicious Asian Noodle Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing.


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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Hi Everyone, Happy Earth Day! Hope you are enjoying the beautiful day! Our weekly specials are up on site. Check them out Don't forget any member-owner who shops today is entered to win our clean a green prize. Our prize over $125 in natural products!


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Monday, April 20, 2009

Free ECO EVENT tonight!!!

Happy Earth Day Week! Come to our event TONIGHT 7-9 @ SM public library!! Organic Home Gardening and Permaculture.
Come meet the Dervaes Family!

Monday, April 20
@ the Santa Monica Public Library MLK Jr Auditorium

Interested in Permaculture? Meet the Urban Homesteaders!
Since the mid '80s, Jules Dervaes and his son and daughters have steadily worked away at transforming an ordinary city lot in Pasadena, California into an integral urban homestead. Come see a screening of their short documentary, meet and greet the eco-pioneers! Check them out at!
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Eating on a Budget

Epicurious, an awesome resource for all things recipe related, has put together a really great list of 35 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Food Dollars. Good tips. It includes earth friendly tips like buying more local produce and bringing your own reusable grocery bags. Sage and handy advice. Check it:

I'd also like to add a few related to the co-op which is to take advantage of our awesome bulk section and our case discounts. Also, don't forget through April and May you can purchase coupon book items and receive automatic savings at the register, no limits on quantities. We do the work for you and cut out all the coupons! Coupon book items have shelf signs as well. Our new book has great deals on 50 quality items!
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From Environment California:

Have you ever been at the beach and noticed all the tiny pieces of Styrofoam in the sand?

Or, have you ever worked to clean up a beach only to realize that nothing you could ever do would remove all those little pieces of Styrofoam? That's why we need to ban single-use Styrofoam containers today.

Join the 7,000 people who have called on the governor to take action.

Why not just ask the fast-food chains to use bio-degradable takeout containers? It just seems crazy that we would use something for 10 minutes and then have it float in the ocean, or lie in the sand, for hundreds and hundreds of years.

The benefits simply do not outweigh the costs.

Styrofoam (expanded and extruded polystyrene foam) is getting more and more pervasive in the marine environment. When littered or blown from trashcans, it is carried from streets and through storm drains out to the ocean. It breaks into smaller and smaller pieces that wash onto the shore, and which animals mistake for food.

Styrofoam has not been around long enough to know its true life. Most scientists agree that it will break down into increasingly smaller pieces but never disappear.

Let's ban single-use Styrofoam takeout containers before they cause any more damage. Click on the link below to tell the governor that you want to take back your beaches. And please, forward this e-mail to your family and friends.

Thanks for standing up for our beaches!


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Thursday, April 9, 2009

More Vandana Shiva

I posted about listening to Vandana Shiva speak at the Natural Products Epxo last month. Check out the post here. There are two really great articles that go into her works some more.

Check out:
"In Hindi, seed is bija or "containment of life." "Seed is created to renew, to multiply, to be shared, and to spread. Seed is life itself," Ms. Shiva said. Corporations such as Monsanto have reduced seed to private property..."
"I feel that the combination of climate change, peak oil, and the financial collapse provides an opportunity for us to build economies of place that will shift not just from oil to soil, but it will shift from financial capital to people as the real wealth—people as both the generators of wealth as well as wealth of communities. If we can get there, we will have a future. If we can’t get there, we will see more and more conflicts emerge around the world in conditions of new scarcity."

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Celebrate Earth Day week with the co-op - Upcoming Event!

Monday, April 20 - Interested in Permaculture? Meet the Urban Homesteaders! @ the Santa Monica Public Library 7:00pm-9:00pm
Check out the Dervaes family at!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It's Big 10 TUESDAY!!

Come in today and save 10%


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Monday, April 6, 2009

100th Post! Only one more day until Big 10 TUESDAY!!

Get ready for some great savings!! Calling all co-op owners - Come into the store tomorrow for 10% off!!


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Thursday, April 2, 2009

One day SALE owners get 10% OFF

Spring is officially here and we're springing into April with some exciting announcements. To help with the economic blues, we're turning next Tuesday (4/7) into "BIG 10 TUESDAY" and giving owners 10% off on all purchases-no limit on savings. This is a one-day event and will be subject to stock on-hand. But we're making sure the store is packed with products on that day. This is not a MAD month-this is just another way of saying thank you to our owners. And providing some extra savings.
Subject to in-store availability
While supplies last
No rain checks
One day only

Also, it's coupon book time! Through April and May you can purchase coupon book items and receive automatic savings at the register, no limits on quantities. We do the work for you and cut out all the coupons! Coupon book items have shelf signs as well. Our new book has great deals on 50 quality items throughout the store.


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