Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hydrofracking Lecture at PSFC

Saturday, April 30
10am-1pm at the Coop

2nd floor meeting room

Coop member David Publow, who volunteers with the group United for Action, is giving a presentation on hydrofracking, followed by Q&A, at the Park Slope Food Coop. This is a good opportunity to catch up on the latest developments, find out about pending legislation, and find out what you can do to help save New York's drinking water from this looming catastrophe.

United for Action been giving presentations throughout NYC and trains volunteers who are interested in doing this. so it is a good opportunity for anyone interested in being more actively involved.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pharmaceutical Take-Back Event: April 30

The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has organized another pharmaceutical take-back event on Saturday, April 30 between 10am and 2pm in locations across the United States. The DEA website allows you to type in your zip code and find the locations nearest to you. There are locations in Brooklyn and other NYC boroughs—more will be added to the database until the day of the event.

The amount of pharmaceuticals currently in use has become an environmental problem, because, like everything else, sooner or later the drugs turn into waste products. Trace elements of a wide variety of drugs including antibiotics, anti-depressants and sex hormones have been found in lakes and rivers as well as numerous municipal water supplies. In an effort to mitigate this problem, pharmaceutical take-back events have been organized to properly collect and dispose of left-over medications so they do not migrate into the environment.

This is not a reason to switch to bottled water, much of which
comes from municipal water supplies. Our drinking water is carefully monitored. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires hundreds of tests each month on municipal water supplies, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water, requires only one test per week. New York City is blessed with an exceptionally good water supply—let’s do what we can to keep it
that way.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pre-Earth Day Tabling Recap

Our pre-Earth Day tabling was a success and a lot of fun. The Environmental Committee was joined by members of the Recycling Squad and GMO Shelf Labeling Squad to hand out information and talk to coop members. We really enjoy the chance to exchange information and hear members’ concerns and questions.

Some of the issues we focused on were hydrofracking and the current pending legislation that we are trying to support, the variety of things you can recycle and where and our efforts to reduce plastic consumption at the coop.

Committee member Jenna Spevack had an exhibit showing how many plastic bags we use in an hour at the coop: 383. That’s 3,359,520 per year at an annual cost of $33,823.27! We are looking for member feedback on how to cut down on our plastic use.

Please write to us with any questions or ideas you may have about these or other issues.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Early Earth Day at Coop

(Early) Earth Day!
Sunday, April 10
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
in front of the Park Slope Food Coop

The Environmental Committee will be tabling outside the Coop along with members of the Safe Food Committee, Recycling Committee and GMO Shelf Labeling Squad.

~ Stop by and talk to committee members.
~ Pick up some of our great handouts.
~ Bring your old batteries—we’ll collect them for recycling.
(spent alkaline batteries size AAA through D and nine volts only).

The Recycling committee will be collecting number 5 takeout containers to donate to CHIPS Soup Kitchen where they are really needed so that people can take food with them when they leave. The containers would just need to be clean, large, sturdy, and have lids.

image courtesy of Paul Lowry