MAY NEWSLETTER 2013

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MAY NEWSLETTER 2013
3rd May, 2013

  • Japanese Food Update
  • Price Comparison
  • Cow Share Project
CO-OP CLOSED ANZAC DAY 2013
19th April, 2013

Just letting you all know that the Co-op will be closed on Thursday 25th April for Anzac Day. Fridge goods will be delivered on Friday 27th April.

THE 2013 AUTUMN STOCK REPORT
15th April, 2013

As well as a plethora of pumpkins, plums and parsnips, tasty turnips, crazy colored carrots and all manner of Autumn edibles the shelves and fridges are laden with new products to tempt, try and taste. I wouldn’t however recommend you to make a meal of the new Biodynamic 500 Preparation from Aracaria Biodynamic Farm in Mullumbnimby, but it is a must for Biodynamic gardeners. It will certainly revitalize your soil and boost your veggie crops. Also check out the new range of Biodynamic sprouting seeds including the much requested Broccoli. After a few hours in the garden you may also want to try out the new Biodynamic soap range!

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JAPANESE FOOD SAFETY REPORT
5th April, 2013

Summary

As a result of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, serious concerns arose regarding whether Japanese food may have become contaminated by radiation. In response to these early reservations, the Co-op made the decision to delete all stock lines of Japanese sea vegetables, and there was vigorous debate about whether we should continue to stock any Japanese products at all.

In May of 2012, board director Larry Buttrose arranged to have Helen Caldicott (anti-nuclear activist), speak to Co-op members on the topic of whether it was safe to be consuming foods of a Japanese origin. Dr. Caldicott urged the Co-op to stop ordering “all” foods cultivated in Japan. However, foods from Japan are popular among Co-op consumers, so in an effort to make the most informed choices concerning the safety of Japanese products, the decision was made to have specific samples individually tested by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) for radioactivity.

We investigated international limits for Caesium radiation content in foodstuffs, and compared these to the quantities present (where applicable) in seven products of Japanese origin, sold by the Co-op.

To view summary of the report complete with tables with out results – click here for: Japanese Food Safety Report Summary

To view a full copy of the report & list of products we have in the Co-op sourced from Japan, plus recommendations – click here: Japanese Food Safety Report

The Co-op Board will meet regularly to discuss the Japanese food safety issue, and will keep the larger Co-op community informed as to any further decision making. If you wish to make a comment regarding Japanese food safety please email us on hello@bmfoodcoop.org.au or use our contact page

KALINDRA MCCOLL

CO-OP IS ON FACEBOOK
20th March, 2013

There are many things that happen at the Co-op that we want to keep our members and shoppers up to date on.

It can be months between newsletters and if you are not a regular shopper, it can be easy to miss the messages passed on by staff and by reading our noticeboards. We are hoping that with the introduction of the Facebook page we are bridging this gap.

We want to share with our community information about which Wednesday Kay Ridgway is in, any parking interruptions and the tasty food stuffs that enter our doors. Sometimes these food item go very quickly, so keep an eye on our page. Or better yet, ‘like’ our page to have the the latest news and information.

Even if you are not on Facebook, you can view this page, simply click on-

www.facebook.com/bmfoodcoop

 

LOCAL FOODS IN SEASON AT THE CO-OP THIS AUTUMN – 2013
13th March, 2013

Autumn is the time of abundance and plenty. Traditionally a time of harvest festivals and country shows to promote the wares of the community. It is when our fresh produce stands are overflowing with the wonders of nature.

Over the last few years there has been an increased awareness of food miles and consequently our small tacked on local shelf of fruit and veggies has been struggling to fit it all in. Since our shop refit, local produce now greets you at our front door. It’s a great opportunity to view this regions bounty before seeing what other fresh foods there are to eat. The produce on the old vegetable stands are sourced from Organics Direct and Eco Farms at Sydney markets, and are grown all over Australia and occasionally New Zealand. We still desire this produce, after all, we live in a cooler climate; but many of us still want our pineapples, mangoes,  bananas and winter tomatoes!

MEMBER’S FILM NIGHT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EDGE CINEMA KATOOMBA
26th November, 2012

Join us for a screening of the award winning film

BAG IT

WEDNESDAY 5th DECEMBER

EDGE CINEMA 7PM

Tickets $10 – available at the Co-op for members

or $12.50 at the door

Talk with filmaker and enviromnetalist Tim Silverwood afterwards

Click here for more information on the Bag It movie

CO-OP AGM Sat Nov 17th
16th November, 2012

We know there is a bit of stiff competition this weekend but if there is any room in your day:

Please join us for the

Co-op AGM

followed by tea and cakes afterwards

2.00-4.00pm

CARRINGTON HOTEL LIBRARY

SPRING NEWSLETTER 2012
24th October, 2012

CO-OP CLOSED FOR MAKEOVER 5th & 6th Nov 2012
18th October, 2012

We thought it was high time the Co-op had a face lift. We know you love it just the way it is but we hope you’ll love it even more when we give it a paint job and put in some new shelving and BPA free dispensers.

There was talk a few years ago of the Co-op moving to something a bit more spacious but having staked out the entire town, we’ve come to the conclusion that there is only a couple of sites that could be suitable, none of which is available right now. So we’ve decided to make the absolute best of what we already have by maximising our available space.

We’re planning the refurbishment of the Co-op in two stages in order to minimise the disruption for our shoppers. We will be closing for two days on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th November to carry out the first stage. This will involve  the refurbishment of the dry bulk food area including a separate gluten free area, a paint job to the entire shop and the installation of new signage. Sometime next year we plan to complete the second stage which will include new fridges and reorganisation of the wet area.

We know that change can be a bit disconcerting so when we re-open on Wednesday November 7th we’ll have extra staff on hand to show you around and help you find your favourite products.

This is going to be a huge job and we’ll need all the help we can get both in the week leading up to the refit and on the days we’re closing. If you are a member and you would like to come and volunteer some time during the refit or the week before, please put your name down with staff at the counter.

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