Meat Referendum #2 (approved by the Membership in April, 2003) requires prospective suppliers of any meat permitted for sale at GreenStar by Meat Referendum #1 (likewise approved) to agree to visits by GreenStar member volunteers, who will:
A. Monitor and report on:
1. The living conditions of the animals on the farm;
2. The animals’ water sources; and
3. The methods of slaughter of the animals;
B. (And, if the supplier is not certified as organic) Verify whether the animals’ food,
including forage, is [certified] organic [or so verified by GreenStar volunteers]
Find farm visit reports here.
By Dan Hoffman,
GreenStar members can vote during October of this year on whether or not to change a policy enacted by the membership in 2003 about what kind of meat the Co-op is permitted to sell.
For the first two decades of its existence, the Co-op did not sell meat of any kind. Then, in 1992, member referendums approved the sale of certain types of fish and poultry. The following year, a different referendum allowed the sale of pet food containing meat. A decade later, in 2003, members faced another pair of binding referendums. The first asked whether the Co-op should be permitted to sell meat oth...