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  • Book Review: The GMO Deception

    GMODeception.jpgGenetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are a hot topic given today’s climate of conscious consumers. Some, particularly those on the political right, have taken time to criticize consumers who choose to avoid GMOs. However there are a lot of us who are confused on the science, or are simply not versed sufficiently in the biological, political and business-oriented aspects of GMOs that would allow us to assemble a sound argument as to why GMOs are worth avoiding.

    I have no degree in biology. I am not fully aware of the efforts taken by GMO-producing businesses to promote the legal use of their controversial products. So, I found a newly-released collection of essays titled The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk that really sheds light on these issues. With a title like this, this book has a clear bias against the promoters of GMO foods. But, I wanted to examine their arguments, and how soundly they could present their cause in regards to my own logic. All-in-all, this collection contains over 50 essays, mostly originating from a single quarterly periodical, GeneWatch, that often discusses genetic politics. Each essay is written by a specialist in a different field of study selected from a time range spanning decades, mostly focusing on tangential consequences relating to the implementation, creation or aftermath of GMO products being produced en-masse for consumer consumption. Worth a read if you wanna know the scoop on GMOs.

  • Rochdale Principle: Member Economic Participation

    Around the world, cooperatives follow a common set of guidelines that harken back to 1844.

    That’s when a group of merchants and peasants from Rochdale, England, decided to pool their money together and start a business that suited their needs. This allowed them to take advantage of economies of scale and profit-sharing that they would never have been able to touch. They called themselves the “Society of Equitable Pioneers”. Their original seven Co-operative Principles were adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) in 1937, updated every thirty years and celebrated by every principled ICA Co-op.

  • Meet a Member: Diana Worley

    Sprout_Diana_Worley.jpgWe've interviewed member-owner Diana Worley. Not only has Diana been integral in getting the word out about the Bethlehem Food Co-Op, but she's also been active in collecting locally-sourced recipes for the Co-Op.

    First off, please introduce yourself

    My name is Diana Worley and I live here in Bethlehem with my husband, John. I am the mother of two grown children. I love to cook and craft and learn and oh yes… garden.

    How did you first learn about the Bethlehem Food Co-Op?

    I was introduced to the co-op by a co-worker who casually mentioned that the group met at the Unitarian Church on Center Street and that I should check it out. She moved and now is missing out on all the great stuff we have going on, but I’m glad we had the casual, random conversation.

    There have been other food co-ops in the area, what makes the Bethlehem Food Co-Op different? 

    If you've never lived anywhere else it wouldn’t be as evident as to how unique Bethlehem really is. I think it is a community with pride and diversity; it is a college town with culture and opportunity for enrichment. It sits in a location that is a hub to other major cities like NY and Philly but also is close to beautiful natural surroundings such as the Poconos, the NJ Skylands and PA Dutch country. I think the colleges bring people to Bethlehem who decide to stay because of all these factors and make their home here and as such we have people who want to make a difference in their quality of life.

    Those are our members, people who care about what they eat, their environment, community and acceptance. Open-minded people looking to make change for the good. I think that is actually the definition of the cooperative spirit, helping each other working together. That’s really refreshing in our me, me, me society.

    The people who sprouted the seed of the co-op have done their homework, they are committed to success and yes, I whole heartedly believe that the co-op will thrive. We are here to stay!

    And of course the technology of the day changes a lot. It enables us to communicate and cooperate so much quicker and have a wider reach to the surrounding communities. More people can know about us much quicker than ever before.

  • Board Nominee Q&A

    We asked the 10 board nominees a few questions so that our member-owners can get to know them a bit better!

  • 2014 Board Candidates

    At the October 6 membership meeting, Bethlehem Food Co-Op members will have the opportunity to vote for the first elected board. The following individuals have accepted nominations to run for a seat on the board.

  • Meet A Producer: Valley Milkhouse

    While it's too early to say exactly which vendors will have goods at our co-op, we've begun forming relationships with local farmers and producers. Co-operators, meet Stephanie Angstadt, of Valley Milkhouse!

  • Rochdale Principle: Democratic Member Control

    rochdale_principles.jpgAround the world, cooperatives follow a set of operating guidelines which harken back to 1844. That's when a group of citizens—merchants and peasants—decided to pool their money together and open a store for themselves. This allowed them to take advantage of economies of scale they'd never be able to touch. We call these folks the "Rochdale Pioneers," and we call the guidelines they set forth the "Rochdale Principles."

  • Urban Beekeeping, a review of The Rooftop Beekeeper by Megan Paska

    Rooftop_Beekeeper.jpgWhen envisioning a beekeeper, my initial thoughts are of an eccentric bearded man, looking something like a 1970s-era Pete Seeger, sprightly jumping from hive to hive, enjoying life and all it has to offer on his lovely rural farm. In actuality, beekeepers come in all shapes and sizes, as proven by Megan Paska.

  • Welcome to Our Newest Board Member!

    At the June 2014 board meeting, after reviewing fantastic candidates, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Gary Warren to the interim co-op board.

  • Knock, Knock, Knocking on Our Town's Doors

    Do you remember that time you were sitting on your couch, minding your own business when your doorbell unexpectedly rings?

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