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Food Issues: Boycotts and petitions

 

People ask us all the time about food action issues like boycotts and petition drives and these are important issues to us. We are all about food safety, nutrition, sustainability and keeping our owners informed here. After all as a natural foods co-op, we are driven by and committed to the seven co-op principles (you can read them here). But being a co-op means that we are a family of diverse voices. We currently have more than 20,000 owners, who elect and are represented by a nine-person board of directors. The diverse needs and views of that family are obvious in our wide product selection – organic foods are incredibly important to some, as are vegan products to others and locally sourced foods to others.

 

Outpost's Boycott Policy

 

The cooperative itself will not join in any boycott. We will however commit to posting information about a boycott impacting any products sold at Outpost, a means of transparency and consumer education. Such decisions to post information about boycotts are overseen by management’s Product Policy Advisory Team.

 

What constitutes a product boycott?

Any request to boycott a product given to us by an active owner or an owner group, or by a member of our Product Policy Advisory Team.

This boycott request must be:

 

1)    Well-defined;

2)    Clearly stated;

3)    Have achievable goals;

4)    Exhibit goals consistent with our mission and/or core values; and

5)    Contain valid and/or verifiable information.

 

Pending a decision by the Product Policy Advisory Team, information about the boycott will be posted on our website and by the product display in any store(s) which carry said product(s).

 

When will the posting end?

Information will remain posted until the Product Policy Advisory Team determines that:

1)    The boycott has been officially called off by the organizing party;

2)    There has been no discernable change in product sales in our stores over a six-month period;

3)    Our stores no longer carry the targeted product; or

4)    The Product Policy Advisory Team obtains new information that changes the premise of the situation related to either the product and/or the boycott.

 

Petition: Halt the sale and planting of GMO alfalfa and sugar beets

Several groups are collecting signatures on a petition to US Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking the Obama administration to halt the sale and planting of GMO alfalfa and sugar beets.

1) Food Democracy Now

2) Food and Water Watch

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