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GREEN TIP: If you want to do one simple thing on Earth Day that will have a positive long-term impact on the planet, become a member of a food co-op.
Food co-op members live lightly on the planet every day. Most food co-ops offer many items in bulk bins, so you can buy exactly as much as you need, reducing food waste. Bulk buying also allows you to reuse your own storage containers. This reduces the packaging cost to producers, creating a cost savings that can be passed on to members, and minimizes the amount of packing materials entering the waste stream.
Food co-ops feature food grown locally, which means less energy is spent getting the food from the field to your plate and means you are getting fresh food picked at the peak of ripeness. They feature seasonal and local food from farmers using sustainable agriculture methods, which means the air, water and land surrounding our community is clean and healthy. Though “local” has popped up in conventional grocery stores in recent years, retail food co-ops are leaps and bounds ahead of the pack. Where conventional grocers work with an average of 65 local farmers and food producers, food co-ops work with an average of 157. Likewise, locally sourced products make up an average of 20 percent of co-op sales compared to 6 percent at conventional stores.
Years after creating the market for organic foods, co-ops are still the place to find them. Of produce sales at food co-ops, 82 percent are organic, compared to 12 percent for conventional grocers. And, organics make up 48 percent of grocery sales in food co-ops, compared to just 2 percent in conventional stores.
- In honor of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, the first 44 new members on April 22, 2014 will get a free burlap co-op tote bag
- All new members in April will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards
- You can sign up online at http://prairie-roots.coop/ or visit with Prairie Roots volunteers on Earth Day at MSUM’s Sustainable Lunch from 11 AM – 1 PM outside Hagen Hall
- Or at the Fargo Theater before and after Adam Rome’s lecture about the history of Earth Day at 7:30 PM
- Prairie Roots will also be hosting a reception at Ecce Art Gallery from 3 – 7:30 PM where you can take a whirl at grinding your own breakfast with our people-powered grain grinder, register to win a free gift bag full of products from Prairie Roots Online Market, and learn more about the new food co-op coming to our community.
Prairie Roots Food Cooperative is dedicated to building a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic, and locally produced food. The future food co-op will be a member-owned natural foods, full-service, retail grocery store in the Fargo-Moorhead area that will be open to both members and the public. Their weekly online market provides over 250 local products from 15 area farmers. Prairie Roots needs 200 more members to reach their initial membership target in July and stay on schedule to open a retail food co-op in 2015. More information at http://prairie-roots.coop/.
Source: Kaye Kirsch from Prairie Root Food Cooperative
For information about what is happening for Earth Day and Earth Week all around the Fargo Moorhead area, visit Valley Earth Resource at http://valleyearthresource.org/.
One listener during the Simple Tips for Green Living radio segment (today only, April 22nd, 2014) on The Christopher Gabriel Program will be chosen at random to win a gift package with includes two Early Bird tickets to the upcoming Eco Chic’s Junk Market, a burlap Prairie Roots Food Co-op reusable bag and a sample pack of The Honey Bee Soap Company’s amazing soap.
The Christopher Gabriel Program is a live radio show that airs from 11am to 2pm (central) every Monday through Friday.
- Listen online at http://www.wday.com/pages/AM970Radio. Click on “Click Here to Listen Live.”
- Listen on your radio in Fargo Moorhead and the surrounding areas at AM 970 WDAY.
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HAPPY EARTH DAY!