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Let Me Represent You: Share Your Opinion

Sounding Board
By Your Board January 20, 2014

As board members, we have a fiduciary responsibility to every owner of Outpost Natural Foods. In other words, the nine of us have been elected with trust and confidence to help manage and protect the co-op’s interest. We do this through sound decision making and representation.

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Cooperation in Action: Educating Consumers

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By Your Board January 6, 2014

As we move forward into a brand new year, it’s a great time to take stock of the good that cooperatives like Outpost do.

 

One of the big things on my list? Education.

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Your Board

Candidates Ready to Run for Outpost Board

Sounding Board
By Your Board September 3, 2013

It’s hard to believe it is that time of year again, but we are now in the run-up to the October Outpost Board of Directors election.  I am happy to announce a strong field of seven candidates for three open positions.  Those candidates are (in alphabetical order):

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Can You Help the Honeybee?

Sounding Board
By Your Board July 31, 2013
Saving the bees: 
 
What does pollination have to do with the board of directors at Outpost Natural Foods?  Well, our role is to envision our cooperative, the way it relates with and provides for its owners under a variety of circumstances.
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Rejecting Planned Obsolescence

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By Your Board June 24, 2013
My daughter’s birthday is over and packaging from well intentioned gifts has left the house. Well, all accept one box. My daughter received a typically toddler toy with noises and flashing colors, nothing special really. However, it truly was a special gift! This toy came inside packaging that was designed to be used again. The thick box has an attractive plaid pattern on the outside and looks like something purchased at a fancy crafts store.
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Should Nutrition be taught right alongside math and science?

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By Your Board May 28, 2013
“They should be teaching this in high school,” commented one owner at a recent class I took by Outpost nutritionist Judy Mayer on gluten-free options held at the State Street store. Her question got me thinking, should nutritional eating be a part of the curriculum right alongside math and science?  Should it just be at the high school level, or sooner than that, grade school perhaps or even earlier? 
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Your Board

Thank You for Your Passion

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By Your Board March 19, 2013

 

Dear Outpost Owners,

After having a few days to digest our annual meeting, we wanted to take a moment to  recognize your level of commitment to our cooperative.  Some of us shop, use re-usable bags and cups, donate time or money to Outpost organized community events, submit comments, fill out our surveys, read our website, follow and respond to our blogs, and attend owner events. We vote. And we celebrate our cooperative’s ongoing commitment to help our community.  We even recruit friends and family to attend the annual meeting to support our values.

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Your Board

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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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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Malcolm Woods

Pass the Patchouli: I'm Going to the Garden with the Hippies

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods September 10, 2012

 

The president of the Wisconsin Technology Council felt a need to weigh in on the issue of organic foods in Sunday’s Journal Sentinel, taking a shot at hippie gardeners and even your local co-op at the same time.

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Malcolm Woods

Plenty of Reasons to Stick With Organic

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods September 5, 2012

Give up organic?

 

I’m sure some people will think about that today, after hearing about a new study that found little evidence that organic food is any better for you than conventional food. Apple for apple and zucchini for zucchini, organic is often more expensive, after all.  No doubt, some folk will opt for cheaper conventional, but I’m betting the booming growth in the organic industry will continue.

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You Gotta Love It

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By Your Board August 16, 2012

 

I am an ardent Outpost owner for many reasons, but near the top is the collection of environmental policies put into place by the Outpost management and staff.  In fact, the WE Energies Summer 2012 newsletter “Energy for Tomorrow” highlighted Outpost as a visionary organization in the field of energy conservation.

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Malcolm Woods

The Slow Fight Against GMOs

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods August 7, 2012

 

Do the foods you eat contain GMOs?

 

GMOs are genetically modified organisms, plants and animals that have undergone alterations to their original genetic material at the cellular level.

 

First experimented with in the mid-1970s, genetic engineering has rapidly grown in sophistication and frequency. Early experiments revolved around methods to make plants less susceptible to frost, but researchers soon moved onto transgenic engineering, in which genetic material from different species are combined into one organism. 

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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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Paul Sloth

Now you know why I'm not a farmer

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth June 20, 2012

The folks growing our food, right here in our own state, are either dealing with near drought conditions in the south or flooding up north. Either way, their crops are being affected. You might not notice it or think about it, because there usually isn’t a sign reading, “Sorry, no strawberries this year. The heat ate them.” But what if there was?

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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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Paul Sloth

Lessons from a farmer

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth June 6, 2012

Altfrid Krusenbaum watches the skies from his farm in rural Walworth County and crosses his fingers. His family’s livelihood depends on the weather. As a dairy farmer, Altfrid monitors the weather because his herd of 153 cows depends on him. He in turn, depends on them. Until you walk with a farmer through his or her operation, you don’t have a really good sense of just what it takes to produce the food we eat or in this case drink. Ask Altfrid or any other farmer and they’ll be glad to tell you.

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Malcolm Woods

Slimed: beef mix exposes our conflicted relationship with food

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods March 26, 2012

There has been a lot of talk lately about "pink slime." That's the term a former USDA official gave to a commercially prepared mixture of beef trimmings, dosed with a puff of ammonia to thwart germs and often mixed with ground beef as a cost cutting measure.

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Paul Sloth

An apple a day, how about three

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth December 19, 2011

It won’t be long and that very last local apple will finally be eaten.

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Malcolm Woods

The Natural War of the Words

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods October 17, 2011

A new report is generating buzz in the natural foods industry. The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based advocacy group which pushes for sustainable and organic agriculture, tested a number of natural and organic cereal brands and found that many of the cereals labeled as natural contained evidence of genetically modified products (GMOs). Further, the report suggests that “natural” cereals may contain pesticide residues.

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