As Food Prices Rise, Consumers Choose Organic

Compiled and reported by Joe Romano,
Marketing Manager

Clarrise Douard, of Food Navigator USA, says “the organic market trend is here to stay, despite rising food prices. In fact, issues surrounding these price hikes—the globalization of food and environmental factors—may actually bolster this market.”

After a relatively stable period in food costs between 1995 and 2004, prices rose dramatically over the last three years, according to the International Monetary Fund. Corn, milk, bread, and other farm products hit record high prices in 2006—and will likely keep rising in 2008.  In an article entitled, “Why the Era of Cheap Food is Over” (Dec. 31, 2007), the Christian Science Monitor stated that two major trends have been pushing prices up faster than they have risen for more than 30 years. One is that increasingly prosperous consumers in India and China are not only eating more food but eating more meat. Animals have to be fed (grains, usually) before they are butchered. The other is that more and more crops—from corn to palm nuts—are being used to make biofuels instead of feeding people.

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Raw Deal: Lodi Dairy Farmers Fight State for Control of Raw Milk

By Tina Wright

In Lodi, NY Steve and Barbara Smith and their family milk five to ten cows, mostly Jerseys and Jersey-crosses with a little Holstein-Dutch Belted mixed into the blood-line. They bottle their raw (unpasteurized) milk or make it into yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, butter and cream. Then they get the milk products into the hands of the herd’s owners, 110 local people who form a limited liability corporation, Meadowsweet LLC.

In March 2007, after months of an increasingly hostile regulatory approach from New York State’s Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Smiths formed the partnership to make every raw milk “customer” instead a part-owner of the cow herd. A trend all over the country similar to Community Supported Agriculture, buying cow shares enables people to enjoy raw milk and raw milk products since owners can drink their own raw milk, with relatively little government interference. However, in Meadowsweet’s case, a protracted legal battle with the state has ensued.

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New in Grocery


bigstock-a-variety-of-winter-squash-smAdam Morris,
Grocery Manager

As always, we've got you covered for Thanksgiving, from the main course to the sides and everything else.

All right, members, you know the drill. ... It's Thanksgiving time once again! This year, just like every year, we have everything you're looking for to complete your holiday table right here in the Grocery Department. Organize your meal around either a local turkey or a number of main-course vegan options. From there, we've got stuffing boxes or ingredients, tasty, high-quality organic pumpkin and organic cranberry sauce in cans, organic baking ingredients, and every other fixin' you might need! For the record, it's never too early to start thinking about the next round of holidays coming up soon. We'll be rolling out some tasty desserts and treats to keep the holiday celebration going and going and going and going. ... And if you haven't yet, look for our new and improved Co-op Basics list, found at the front of the store. The Grocery Department is full of bargains perfect for pantry-stocking.


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