Sunday, September 26, 2010

Committee News

Dear Friends of the Environmental Committee,

Some exciting events of interest this fall:

1) On September 28, the General Meeting will be discussing the proposal to create an “Animal Welfare Committee” proposed by Jesse Oldham and Patrick Kwan. Their aim is to focus on research and education to share with PSFC members on products as they relate to animals or animal-welfare issues. Read more about this prospective committee.

Please spread the word to people who might be interested in this committee. The September 28 meeting will be a discussion, to give Jesse and Patrick feedback about their proposal. As always, the General Meetings are at 7pm at Beth Elohim at 274 Garfield Place between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West.

2) Environmental committee member Judy was upset to learn just how many nefarious investments were held by her corporate bank. This led to her research about better banking alternatives, resulting in the coop joining a credit union so coop members could have the option to join as well. Read her article to learn more. You can also attend one of the credit union info sessions at the coop—see the ad on the bottom left hand corner of page 14 of the 9/23 issue of the Gazette.

3) Water issues are still very much a priority. We continue to oppose hydraulic fracture drilling in NYS (and elsewhere) – as serious threat to our own water supply and organic food supply from local farmers. The state senate voted for a 1-year moratorium; the push now is to get Assembly members to do the same. Ultimately we would like a complete ban of this drilling. Read more about the issue at NY Sierra Club and un-naturalgas .

4) Lastly, the Environmental Committee is looking for a few new members. If you know anyone who might be interested, have them write us at ecokvetch AT yahoo.com. As always, we are eager to hear your ideas and concerns about Coop-related environmental issues. Be sure to check out our blog at http://www.ecokvetch.blogspot.com.

Your friend,
The Ecokvetch

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