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October is Non-GMO Month!
October is Non-GMO Month!
Since the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the food system, numerous human health and environmental degradation concerns have been raised and confidence in the safety of GMO crops has been limited. Your ability to make informed decisions when purchasing food products has also been restricted due to the difficulty of determining whether foods contain GMOs.  
The Co-op recognizes that many consumers expect our store to be free of GMOs. The Co-op is not 100% GMO free, despite our overwhelming emphasis on organic products. Until mandatory labeling is implemented it would be irresponsible for our store to claim any percentage of GMO free products. Also, due to our commitment to carry specialty products (gluten free, vegan, ethnic, fair trade, etc.), we carry products that do not currently have a non-GMO verified or certified organic equivalent.  Our owners and customers with special dietary restrictions are important to us and despite our small size we pride ourselves in our wide and varied special needs selection.
No simple solutions exist of how to best deal with GMOs, but working together we can help each other and our community navigate to a healthy future. The Co-op has aligned with the NCGA, the Non-GMO Project, and the SFTA to further open a forthright dialogue with the food industry regarding the importance of organic agriculture and federally mandated labeling of GMOs. Listed in this guide are steps the Co-op is presently taking to address the presence of GMOs in our food systems and additional strategies shoppers can employ to make healthy decisions.
Steps you can take to avoid GMOs:

If you want to completely eliminate GMOs from your diet the best option is to only buy Certified Organic or Non-GMO Project verified products. Outside of these certifications avoiding products which contain high risk ingredients is an effective strategy.

Using your consumer power by investing your food dollars in non-GMO products sends a clear message to food companies. If sufficient numbers of U.S. shoppers avoid GM ingredients, then food companies won’t use them. (visit ResponsibleTechnology.org to learn more)
Download a Non-GMO Shopping Guide from NonGMOShoppingGuide.com to see the growing list of Non-GMO products available. A smart phone application is also available.
Contact your government representatives to inform them of your stance on GMOs. These are the people to contact:

REP. DOUG LAMALFA

Phone: (202) 225-3076
Fax: (202) 226-0852
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 224-3954
SEN. BARBARA BOXER
Phone: (202) 224-3553
Fax: (202) 224-0454

YOU'RE INVITED!
Co-op Annual Owner Meeting
October 10, 2014 6pm-9pm
Chico Women's Center

Come out and meet the people behind the scenes!  The Board of Directors (including candidates for the upcoming election) and the store's management team will all be present to meet and greet our owners.  Snacks, drinks, dinner, and dessert will all be provided (free of charge).


MENU


Llano Seco Braised Pork Verde with Tomatillos
Local Fall Squash, Pablano, and Sierra Nevada Goat Cheese Enchiladas
Cumin and Tomato Lundberg Rice
Llano Seco Rancho Beans
Fall Squash Calabacitas with Pan Seared Corn
Purple Cabbage and Carrot Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Mexican Wedding Cookies with Local Almonds
Pumpkin Flan
Hibiscus Tea
Cucumber Lime Water

Eat, drink, and celebrate your Co-op!
B.O.D. ELECTIONS
We've extended the deadline for recieving applications for Board of Director candidates!  If you are interested in submitting running for the board, please download an application and get it to us by October 17th!
NEW FACES!
Welcome our newest Co-op employees!   
Azariah!
Grocery Stocker

Spenny!
Grocery Stocker

Corryn!
Grocery Stocker

Steve!
Produce Stocker

Brian!
Store Conditioning Clerk

Irwin!
Store Conditioning Clerk

NEW PRODUCTS!

Chocolates in Bulk!


Double-dipped Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Malt Balls (pictured) $7.69/lb

And Dark Chocolate covered Crystalized Ginger (Organic & Vegan!) $10.99/lb.


Local Chocolate Hazelnut Butter!

It's like Nutella, but grown, processed, and packaged locally. Plus, it's VEGAN!

Beber Fresh Almond Milk!


Locally made Almond Milk from locally sourced almonds!  We carry Original and Honey Vanilla varieties. Beber Almond Milk is made with only two ingredients: Organic California almonds and purified water. No preservatives, no thickeners, and no pasteurization.  
Packaged in reusable glass bottles.
http://www.freshalmondmilk.com/


Artisana Raw Tahini!

It's back!  Organic, raw tahini butter from Artisana.


Alter Eco Truffles!
New Flavors!

Salted Caramel, and Sea Salt.  Look for them by the register.

Coconut Secret Seasoning Sauces!


New options!

If you love Coconut Secret's Soy-free Coconut Aminos, then you'll have to try these two new flavors:

Garlic Sauce & Teriyaki Sauce




New Madhava Honey products!

Pure, Raw, Organic Honey.  Now easier to access in beloved bear bottles, as well as flavored whipped spread!

Plus 10
¢ of your purchase goes to help save the bees!
OWNER-ONLY SALES
GROCERY
Barbara's Bakery All Varieties of Cheese Puffs
Bionaturae Pappardelle Pasta
Crystal Geyser 1 Gallon Jugs of Spring Water
Gimme Roasted Seaweed Snacks
Kettle Foods All Party-Size Chips
Rapunzel Cornstarch and Unrefined Sugar
Tejava Black Teas
Organic Valley Cream Cheese and Neufchatel Cheese
Sunspire Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar
Farmers Market Canned Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, & Butternut Squash
Natural Sea Alaskan Pink Salmon
Mediterranean Organic All Varieties


PRODUCE
Local Winter Squash All Varieties

CO-OP KITCHEN
Seasonal Cookies Oatmeal Apple & Pumpkin

WELLNESS/BODY CARE
Health Force Vitamineral Greens
Spectrum Enriched Flax Seed Oil
Glad Rags Organic Cotton Menstrual Pads

HOUSEHOLD
Bi-O-Clean Bac Out

Seventh Generation Multi-Surface Wipes

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