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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 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

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

Mercury detected in products containing high fructose corn syrup PDF Print E-mail
According to an article published in January (2009) in the scientific journal, Environmental Health, mercury was found in nearly 50% of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). A separate study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) detected mercury in nearly one third of 55 popular brandname food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient. In making HFCS, mercury-grade caustic soda is sometimes used to separate corn starch from the corn kernel; the mercury from the caustic soda can contaminate HFCS in this process.  For more information visit or
BPA may soon be banned in food and beverage containers PDF Print E-mail

U.S. is taking a closer look at bisphenol A in plastics

The United States will launch broad new research into the potential health effects of plastics chemical bisphenol A used in baby bottles and other products, health officials said on January 15. Bisphenol A (also referred to as BPA) has been used for decades to harden plastics and turns up in many food and beverage containers including some baby bottles and the linings of food containers.

People consume BPA when it leaches from plastic into baby formula, water or food. Studies by British scientists have linked BPA to heart disease, diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities.

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