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 Dan Hoffman,
12th Moon, Kristen Kaplan, Eric Banford, Susan Beckley, Jessica Rossi and Mark Darling finished the counting in just under four hours.
412 Total valid envelopes
21 total invalid = 19- no ID, 1- first of two ballots, 1- no ballot in envelope
Also = 1- name tag, 5- 2 cent slips, 1- Member Labor Request and two wooden nickles.
Two thirds vote required to pass.
Q#1 = PASS
Q#2 = FAIL
Q#3 = PASS
Q#4 = PASS
Q#5 = PASS
Q#6 = PASS
member-owners are the only ones who have the power to change the Co-op's bylaws, the organization's most basic and important document. There is an opportunity to do so (or not) during this month — at the Fall Member Meeting, at the stores, or by mail.
GreenStar's Council has established an ad hoc Bylaws Review Committee, which started meeting again earlier this year, after being inactive for at least two years. Council had referred a couple of issues to the committee, which identified several more on its own. In August, Council voted (unanimously, except in the case of #2, below) to send the committee's six recommended bylaws amendments to the membership for a YES or NO vote on each of the following questions:
1. Should the Co-op be allowed to use a withdrawing member's refundable equity contribution [which could be up to $90] to pay off any outstanding debt the member has to the Co-op (such as for bad checks)?
2. Should all Council candidates and members be required to satisfy any requirements associated with operational licenses maintained or sought by the Co-op (such as to sell or serve alcohol)?
3. Should Council be allowed to conduct closed executive sessions for two additional topics — possible litigation or contract negotiations?
4. Should the composition of Council's Immediacies Committee be changed to match that described in Council policy, and that of the Executive Planning Committee?
5. Should the use of gender-specific pronouns (such as "he" or "she") be eliminated in the bylaws?
6. Should three "clerical errors" made when the bylaws were amended in 2010 be officially corrected?
Much more information on the proposed amendments, including detailed explanations, pro and con statements and voting instructions, are available in the Fall Member Mailing, which all current members should receive in the mail by October 6. Members can vote up until close of business on Oct. 31 at either store, by mailing in the ballot from the Mailing, or in person at the Fall Member Meeting, on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Space.
By Alexis Alexander,
I have woken to a new day, a day when GreenStar's annual Member Meetings and pancakes are defined as pure elegance and inspiration. Surprised?
The morning after our Fall Member Meeting, I'm entranced by the experience of last night. I realize how far GreenStar has come over the years, and how integral and essential a partner we are in the wider regional food movement before us. Our roots as a buying club and grain store have matured into a multimillion-dollar community-ba...