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 Alexis Alexander,
In October, member-owners have the opportunity to vote on six bylaws changes being proposed by Council. GreenStar's bylaws, the rules that govern the internal management of the Co-op, were originally established when GreenStar was incorporated. According to our bylaws, one of the essential rights of member-owners is the ability to vote on the creation and changes to the bylaws and mission statement.
Unfortunately, GreenStar, like many co-ops, suffers from very poor voter turnout relative to the number of member-owners. For instance, only 5 percent of member-owners voted in th...