Friday, July 31, 2009


A very important documentary film is opening today in NY at both the Angelika and the Beekman theatres in Manhattan. "The Cove," is a must see for anyone who cares about the planet. Winner of audience awards across the world, including Sundance, "The Cove" follows a team of activists and filmmakers as they infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan.

The movie is about a small town with a big secret and you can be one of the many people who are going to be moved by this film and pushed to action. The single most powerful thing everyone who sees "The Cove" can do is to spread the word.

Click here to learn more about activism inspired by "The Cove" and what you can do to help.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Food Safety and Two Obama Appointments

The Organic Consumers Association is mounting a campaign against two very ominous appointments by the Obama Administration to key positions in the Food and Drug Administration andthe US Department of Agriculture. The OCA seeks first to reverse the appointment of former Monsanto lobbyist Michael Taylor as a senior adviser to the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner on food safety. The OCA is also opposing the rumored appointment of current Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolff as Under-Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety.

Quoting the OCA:
"Michael Taylor has shuttled between positions at the FDA and USDA and as a lawyer and lobbyist for GMO-seed giant Monsanto. According to OCA, he "is widely credited with ushering Monsanto's recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) through the FDA regulatory process and into the milk supply -- unlabeled."

"Taylor is also responsible for the FDA's decision to treat genetically modified organisms as 'substantially equivalent' to natural foods and therefore not require any safety studies. The 'substantially equivalent' rule allowed the FDA to ignore evidence that genetically engineered foods, including soy, are in fact very different from natural foods and pose specific health risks."

On this point, an article in the Huffington Post by Jeffrey Smith linked to this evidence. The FDA's press release about Taylor made no mention at all of his time spent working for Monsanto.

Dennis Wolff is the Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Pennsylvania. According to the OCA, Wolff is notorious for having championed agribusiness interests as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Agriculture, including unilaterally banning local dairies from marketing their products as free of rBGH. (He is himself an rGBH-using dairy farmer.) Wolff is a member of the Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee to the World Trade Organization, which the OCA say "is largely credited with forcing so-called "free trade" on farmers and consumers around the globe, undermining national sovereignty and food safety."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Valet Bike Parking Has Come to the Coop!

Saturdays this summer, from 12:30pm - 5:30pm, Coop members can leave their bikes with our valet parking service, which is like coat check for bikes. FTOP workers will check in and watch your bike for you.

Just drop off your bike, do your shopping or your shift, and hop back on. No locks, no worries, no theft. Service operates rain or shine in front of the yellow wall. (Note: no bike check-in after 4:30pm).

Valet bicycle parking at the Coop is brought to you by the PSFC Shop & Cycle Committee.

Image courtesy of wallyg's Flickr pool.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Textile Recycling Grows in NYC

Textiles such as clothing and linens comprise nearly 6% of residential waste in the city, adding to landfills and disposal costs.

Every Saturday the Greenmarkets at Grand Army Plaza and Union Square accept clothing and other textiles for reuse or recycling, even if they are ripped or worn--the fabric can still be recycled. You drop off clean clothing, shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts and other textiles in usable or non-usable condition.

In addition, CENYC is expanding their textiles recycling program to include Fort Greene Park Greenmarket, McCarren Park Greenmarket, and others. For more information visit us online at CENYC or call 212-788-7989.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Electronics Recycling this Weekend

Ready to part with your old electronic equipment?

Don't send it to the landfill -- recycle it this weekend instead!

Saturday, July 18th
9am - 6pm
88 9th St. between 2nd Ave and Smith St. (next to Lowe's)
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Items accepted:
Computers, Laptops, Monitors, Printers, Fax Machines, Cables, Cell Phones, PDAs, Cameras, Radios, Calculators, Switches, DVD Players, VCR Players, Tape Players

For more information, visit NYCWastele$$.

Image courtesy of georgehotelling's Flickr pool.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tomorrow: Brooklyn Green Drinks

Join ecologically-minded folks like yourself every third Wednesday this summer at Habana Outpost in Fort Greene for Brooklyn Green Drinks. (That's tomorrow, July 15th!)

This meetup happens in cities across the globe. says: "Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome."

For more information, visit

Image courtesy of phot0matt's Flickr pool.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Getting Started with Composting

It's finally summertime, which means that it's a great time of year to get started with composting. Whether you're spending the season harvesting from your garden or just want to deal with your kitchen scraps, composting is an easy way to reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills and enrich your soil to boot!

There are several different ways to compost your food and garden waste. Some use one of the many types of outdoor compost bins, and others prefer vermiculture: indoor composting with red wiggler worms. The New York City Compost Project's website has loads of great information to help you get started with composting right here in the city, including a schedule of composting workshops, reduced-price bins, and more.

And if composting at home isn't right for you, check out our list of community gardens and other locations that accept food/garden waste for composting.

Image courtesy of normanack's Flickr pool.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Is Your Sunscreen Safe & Effective?

The Environmental Working Group just released their 2009 Sunscreen Guide. They answer some important questions, such as "Are the 55-100 spf products really as effective as they claim to be?" and "Which sunscreens contain the safest and most effective ingredients?" Enjoy the summer knowing you have the best protection from the sun.