Friday, 30 November 2012 14:47
I liked gravy poured on top of a big glob of mashed potatoes, I liked biscuits a lot, and a lot of them. I liked going to the state fair and having a fried Twinkie. They were my choices. They were bad choices.
— Mike Huckabee, presidential candidate
By Joe Romano,
Just recently, a great victory for the natural foods movement was announced. "We ceased baking this morning," said Anita-Marie Laurie, a Hostess spokeswoman. And with those words, Ms. Laurie signaled the death knell for what had long been a very guilty American pleasure: the Twinkie.
While we can expect at least a black market resurrection, namely that everyone who had a Twinkie sitting on their dashboard for the past twenty years could now post it in "mint condition" on eBay for a king's ransom, this also means the demise of Ho-Hos, Ring Dings, Sno Balls, Ding Dongs, Suzy Qs, Raspberry Zingers, Funny Bones, Yodels, and both Yankee and Sunny Doodles.
Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:05
By Dan Hoffman,
GreenStar Councilmember and GSCP Board Member
On Saturday, Sept. 22, the second annual Food Justice Summit, sponsored by GreenStar Co-op's tax-exempt affiliate GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP) in partnership with several other community organizations, kicked off for 2012. In the morning, a walkathon fundraiser found dozens of walkers setting out on a five-mile route through Ithaca's West End and downtown, notwithstanding a steady rain. Eventually the sun broke through, and the walkers finished their route in good spirits, arriving at a lively and informative community celebration that went on all afternoon in the parking lot of the future Neighborhood Pride grocery store in Ithaca's Northside neighborhood. That event featured Charity Hicks, an activist from Detroit, who inspired her listeners with her clear and holistic vision of a food system based on health, equity, and self-determination, rather than one driven by corporate profits and control, and unsustainable practices.
Walkers solicited pledges, and, when all was said and done, they had raised over $10,000. When two small grants received by GSCP to support the Summit (totaling $4,500) are added in, as well as donations from a number of local businesses, and revenue from the celebration (for food, T-shirts, etc.), the grand total is over $20,000. As promised, GSCP donated $500 from its proceeds to the Congo Square Market, a grassroots effort bringing food, crafts, and entertainment to Ithaca's Southside neighborhood each week during the summer.
Thursday, 01 November 2012 13:58
Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility.
— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
By Kristie Snyder,
One benefit of GreenStar membership is that you can see the results of supporting the Co-op right in your own community — in the flourishing of local farms, the growing network of food justice initiatives in the area, the happy employees in the stores, and myriad other ways. But what about other co-ops in other towns? Or other countries? What's the effect when you add up all of that community-building, support for sustainability and social responsibility, and cooperation?
The answer is impressive. According to the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), the US is home to approximately 30,000 co-ops, generating $500 billion in total revenue, $25 billion in wages and benefits, and nearly 1 million jobs. Then there are the less measurable effects, like member benefits such as member refunds, discounts, and dividends, and the investments that co-ops make in their local communities. Around the world, according to the International Cooperative Association, nearly one billion people are cooperative owners, and nearly 100 million are employed by co-ops. The world's largest 300 cooperatives generated revenues of $1.6 trillion in 2011 — comparable to the GDP of Spain, the world's ninth largest economy. That's a lot of economic power.
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By Alexis Alexander,
In response to several requests, I am happy to announce that we're offering a new information session for member-owners and nonmember customers this summer, called Co-operative Enterprise 101. Membership Administrator Laura Buttenbaum, who developed a similar and well-received training for staff this past fall, will lead the session. Join us for one of two scheduled sessions on Thursday, July 9 or Monday, August 24. Classes will run from 7 to 9 pm in the Classrooms @ GreenStar. I...