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Saving Seeds = Saving Our Planet

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By Your Board March 5, 2013

An e-mail recently appeared in my inbox that really got me thinking about the sustainability of current conventional farming practices. The e-mail contained a link to a report by the Center for Food Safety as part of its Save Our Seeds (SOS) initiative (http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/campaign/save-our-seeds/). The report, Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers, highlights the ongoing practice of seed companies suing farmers for patent infringement when their fields are discovered to contain genetically engineered (GE or trangenic) crops, even though the farmers hadn't purchased GE seeds from the companies. The seed companies allege that farmers are knowingly saving seeds from prior year GE crops, or are obtaining GE seeds from “seed cleaners,” who specialize in the practice of processing seeds from prior years to use for subsequent plantings. According to the seed companies, these practices are expressly prohibited by the technology agreements signed by farmers who use GE seeds.

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Outpost's Ugandan Connection

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By Your Board February 12, 2013

Outpost board members engage in a vast number of activities related to the mission and values of Outpost Natural Foods. One great example happens to be the work of board director Suzanne Garr, whose involvement with the children of St. Mary Kevin, a school and orphanage in Uganda, Africa.

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Hunger and the food system

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By Your Board January 21, 2013

There is no bigger and no more important system, with more connected parts and processes that affect the health and wealth of people, communities, and the environment than the food system. And it’s an amazing system - magnificent in its efficiency and its scale.

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Film Focuses on Food Co-ops

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By Your Board January 8, 2013

Last June, I had the good fortune to attend the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) annual meeting in Philadelphia. It may sound like a big yawn, but it isn’t. One of the more interesting events was the screening of the completed part of a film by Steve Alves entitled Food for Change: The Twin Cities Story. Steve is a member of the Franklin Community Co-op in Greenfield, MA, and decided to research and produce this film which highlights a colorful history of the cooperative movement in the US.

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No Comparison: Cooperatives Versus Traditional Retail

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By Your Board December 18, 2012

 

A recent study released by the National Cooperative Grocer’s Association (NCGA) should make you feel pretty good about shopping at Outpost.

Why?


Well, because the report underscores the many ways that coops surpass the competition when it comes to creating economic and social impact on their communities.

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Who Are Your Neighbors?

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By Your Board December 11, 2012

 

Despite the rain, sleet, and snow on Dec. 9, forty-two local Milwaukee neighbor businesses and organizations got together as well as 940 attendees, for the 4th Annual “Buy Local Gift Fair” held at Lakefront Brewery. This 4th annual, amazing holiday shopping event was sponsored by Local First Milwaukee, Lakefront Brewery, and Outpost Natural Foods.

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16, 834 Owners - We Missed You!

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By Your Board December 4, 2012

As a cooperative business, our owners choose the team of individuals (Board of Directors) who will determine the business goals (Ends) and oversee general management’s strategy (Means) for accomplishing those goals.  Ideally, each Director will represent at least one aspect of the diversity of our ownership population. 

In other words:  You have an opportunity to select YOUR ambassador in the leadership of your Outpost.

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A Visit to Walnut Way

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By Your Board October 30, 2012

On Saturday, October 6, I had the pleasure of attending Harvest Day at Walnut Way, on 17th and North Avenue.  The entire 2200 block of N. 17th Street was blocked off for the celebration, with a large sound truck on the north end, providing a stage and sound system for talk and music.

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Candidate Statement - Douglas Spencer

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By Your Board October 19, 2012

Every time I walk into Outpost I feel a sense of family. As an environmentally conscious adult this is important to me and I know a lot of hard work and integrity is needed to accomplish that. I feel that as consumers we need to honor and support establishments that align with our personal convictions; especially those that make every effort to care about the communities they are a part of. Outpost has accomplished this and for that they need to be recognized. It is our duty to give back to the community wherever possible. I wish to give back to Outpost what it has given me. As a board member, I will work to maintain and improve Outpost Natural Foods to the best of my ability.

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Candidate Statement - David Lee

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By Your Board October 17, 2012

Serving on the Outpost board would allow me to expand the scope of my work as a food advocate. I believe in the power of food to transform and build communities. Over the course of human history, great civilizations and cultures developed anywhere people could grow, cultivate and share food. This is no coincidence. However, as we have become more disconnected from our food, our communities have also become increasingly fragmented. Co-ops give consumers and the communities they serve an active, ownership role in repairing these disconnections and fragmentations, while also bending the cost curve toward a more just food system.

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Candidate Statement - Nancy Ettenheim

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By Your Board October 12, 2012

The word “pride” is what I most closely associate with my service on the Outpost Board of Directors. Pride in the mission of providing local and/or organic food to foster a healthier community. Pride in my ownership in a solid and successful organization. Pride in the cooperative which shares power evenly among all of us who are owners. Pride in the staff whose spirit of compromise kept the good ship Outpost afloat during the recent financial crisis. And finally, pride in the ethical and transparent manner in which Outpost conducts its business at all levels. In a nutshell, that’s my “Why.”

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Candidate Statement - Chris Zimmerman

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By Your Board October 5, 2012

Five candidates are running for three open spots on Outpost's Board of Directors. The election runs the month of October and all current Outpost owners can vote, either online or by stopping at a Customer Service Desk for a ballot. Between now and the end of October, we'll be publishing each candidate's statement here on the Sounding Board blog. You may also find all five statements here.

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Candidate Statement - Brian Waterman

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By Your Board September 28, 2012

Five candidates are running for three open spots on Outpost's Board of Directors. The election runs the month of October and all current Outpost owners can vote, either online or by stopping at a Customer Service Desk for a ballot. Between now and the end of October, we'll be publishing each candidate's statement here on the Sounding Board blog. You may also find all five statements here.

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One Word: Plastics

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By Your Board July 31, 2012


Looking back through history, we see various “ages,” such as Iron, Bronze, Enlightenment, and the depressingly and aptly named, Dark. How will history look back at our present age? One answer may be the Age of Plastic. Looking around us, and how our way of life has changed in the past 100 years, it would be difficult to argue that this isn’t the Age of Plastic. If you still need convincing, walk around your house, your neighborhood, or your grocery store. Envision this walk without any plastic. Going even further, image life after this walk without all this plastic, and think what life would be like.

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Is Wheat Dangerous? Book Makes Compelling Argument

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By Your Board July 20, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to read a very interesting book on a possible cause of the obesity facing us today, “Wheat Belly,” by William Davis, MD. It is alleged by Dr. Davis that wheat is a primary underlying cause of much of our obesity as well as a myriad of other health issues plaguing us today. More precisely, it is a complex carbohydrate, Amylopectin A, that is the culprit that causes higher spikes in blood sugar than a candy bar, ice cream or even table sugar itself.

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Learning to BAG IT: Giving up plastic, one bag at a time

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By Your Board June 12, 2012

It’s been nearly a month since I attended the Outpost screening of the movie Bag It.  And I have to hand it to Director Suzan Beraza.  Choosing Jeb Berrier as the focus of the movie was absolutely brilliant.  He’s a believable "everyman” whose experience with plastic isn’t so different from every one of ours. He’s not an avid environmentalist or a radical.  He’s just a guy in a world filled (increasingly) with plastic.  Best of all, he has a sense of humor about it, which makes the movie engaging and genuinely entertaining.

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An Interesting essay on the ethics of what we eat

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By Your Board May 22, 2012

Many owners in the Outpost community, as well as in the general community, have given a great deal of thought to the issue of eating animal products, notably meat.  For people who care, it is a subject layered with many dimensions:  family tradition, spiritual beliefs, political/economic convictions, dietary needs, and consideration for the roles animals play in our lives

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Pam Mehnert

52 Things I Learned in One Year - Part 3 of 3

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 13, 2012

Repeat after me – I am not a quitter - I am not a quitter. Well I guess “life” happened since my last blog post, as I have blissfully ignored the fact I haven’t yet completed my list of lessons.

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52 Things I Learned in One Year - Part 2 of 3

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 13, 2012

Ah, what was I thinking when I came up with the notion of writing about 52 lessons learned? One lesson per week of my challenge - that should be a piece of cake. Okay then maybe I just have a bad old case of writers block.

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