Monday, 03 August 2015 22:39
By Joe Romano,
"Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in."
— Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet
45 years ago, if you lived in Ithaca, or any city, and you walked into a supermarket, you would be hard pressed to find brown rice, tofu, or anything organic at all. These products, which are ubiquitous today, were virtually nonexistent in the retail space. Twinkies, Ho-Hos, Ding-Dongs, Wonder Bread, and sodas ruled those aisles instead.
People who wished to eat natural foods had to produce them themselves, or find some way to purchase the large quantities required to order them themselves. They did this either by feeding large groups of people or by starting a buying club. Some of them started co-ops.
Back in 1971, citizens had to band together to fight other issues as well: poverty, classism, racism, and sexism come to mind. And while many people fought and indeed died to gain ground on these issues, I think that it's fair to say that we have come nowhere near eradicating them. In fact, on many of them we've regressed and become even more entrenched in the systems that propagate these social evils and inequities.
Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:16
By Dan Hoffman,
An unexpected side effect of the recent controversy over a proposed referendum on whether GreenStar should boycott certain goods from Israel has been the sudden end of the Co-op's longstanding boycott of most goods originating in the People's Republic of China. How did that happen and what will it mean for the Co-op?
In 1997, long-time GreenStar member Becca Harber was concerned about China's treatment of Tibet, including human rights violations and denial of independence (lost in the 1950s, when the new, communist government of China took over Tibet). She brought a request to the Co-op's Council: namely, that GreenStar join a boycott of goods from China (with an exception for medicinal herbs and other herbal products not available from non-Chinese sources) "until China withdraws from Tibet or enters into a mutual agreement with the people of Tibet." Council quickly approved the request and this prohibition was written into GreenStar's Product Line Policy.
Thursday, 02 July 2015 06:45
By Kristie Snyder,
GreenStar recently welcomed a newcomer to the Finance Manager position, Erik Amos. We asked him a few questions so as to let our member-owners better get to know one of the folks who performs a vital "behind-the-scenes" job to keep the Co-op running and vital!
When did you start as Finance Manager, and what attracted you to working at the Co-op?
I joined Finance in March. Before that, I worked at the DeWitt store for about a year as a Manager on Duty. I studied sociology and alternative economic systems at the University of Oregon, and while there I stumbled upon cooperative systems and cooperative economics. From there, I worked as a kitchen manager for an organic craft brewery in Olympia, Washington, and then I worked at Wheatsville Co-op in Austin, Texas for five years as an IT coordinator. I really like GreenStar in part because it encourages and allows the owners to get involved — not all co-ops do that. GreenStar is really integrated into the community, and I find that really appealing.
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Dewitt Store Manager
What's the deal with the back register? We're so glad you asked! The store is running better than ever.
If, like many others, you've been curious about the actual existence and functioning of the back register at our DeWitt store, you may appreciate that you can now see it from the front of the store! We've lowered the shelving back there and installed an OPEN light to clearly signal when the register is available to you for check-out. In the front, we've cleared up a g...