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Keep methyl iodide out of California PDF Print E-mail

The Pesticide Action Network reports that for the first time in many years, California's Department of Pesticide Regulation is considering adding a new fumigant to its list of pesticides approved for agricultural use. Methyl iodide has been approved nationally, rejected by New York, and is now up for review in California. Methyl iodide is a known carcinogen and “one of the more toxic chemicals used in manufacturing," according to a letter sent to the EPA and signed by 50 scientists.

As the largest market for this new chemical, California's choice will send a clear signal to methyl iodide's manufacturer, and the EPA has indicated that California's decision will have an impact on national use. Take action and sign up to receive email alerts at www.panna.org.

Backyard Chickens are Finally Legal in Sacramento! PDF Print E-mail

Starting November 1, raising up to three hens in your backyard will be legal in the City of Sacramento. Many Sacramento residents have been fighting for the right to raise egg-laying hens for over two years; the City Council passed an ordinance in August that will, at long last, allow it. Read more here

If you are thinking about joining the backyard chicken craze, check out these local resources:

Western Feed & Pet Supply
Their Sacramento location is just around the corner from the Co-op at 1600 34th Street. They sell chicks in the early spring, and feed, feeders, supplements, books and nesting boxes all year.

Creative Coops
This Grass Valley business sells modular chicken coops, including some on wheels, for different sized flocks. The coops are designed to be adaptable and grow along with your chicken raising enthusiasm.

The Co-op and Soil Born Farms offer classes on keeping chickens several times a year. Look for another round of classes on the topic in the new year.

Think outside the bottle PDF Print E-mail
Bottled water is changing the way people think about water—from a human right to a high-priced commodity. Bottled water is expensive compared to what flows from the faucet, even though it is often no safer than tap water simply sold back to consumers at an inflated rate.  Plastic bottles also require massive amounts of fossil fuels to manufacture and transport. Visit www.thinkoutsidethebottle.org and consider taking the Think Outside the Bottle Pledge.
Choose organic dairy products that support family farmers PDF Print E-mail
Organic industry watchdog The Cornucopia Institute reports that industrial-sized organic dairy Dean Foods (Horizon) has been cancelling contracts with family farmers who provided milk to the large distributor while simultaneously building another giant factory farm, with thousands of cows, in the desert of New Mexico. Meanwhile, Dean Foods has been cutting its prices so that trusted organic brands are unable to compete.

This is a potential disaster for many farm families that could be forced out of business. It is more important than ever to make sure that you choose dairy products that support legitimate organic family farmers. Check out the Organic Dairy Scorecard to see how your favorite dairy products rank. It is available at the Co-op, and you can view it at www.cornucopia.org.

Stop Getting Junk Mail Now PDF Print E-mail
American mailboxes are inundated with junk mail. More than 100,000,000,000 pieces of junk mail are delivered each year—that’s more than 800 pieces per household. In fact, junk mail in the United States accounts for one-third of all the mail delivered in the world. Even though 44% of that mail goes to the landfill unopened, we still spend 8 months of our lives dealing with it all.

But junk mail does more than invade our homes and waste our time; it also destroys our environment.

Learn how to take action against junk mail at www.donotmail.org.

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