February’s Survey Topic: The Co-op Voice, the way you want it.
In light of all the changes that have been happening to our little newsletter, it’s high time we asked you what it is you value most about the Co-op Voice and what you’d like to change. We want this to be a newsletter that you enjoy reading every month and that helps our cooperative community stay informed and together. Please help us to make our member-run newsletter everything you’d like it to be by taking this survey.
December’s Survey Results
Thank you so much for responding to our past surveys! Please click here to see the full results of December’s survey, which began with the question: “Would you try to avoid products with GMOs (genetically modified organisms), if you knew they contained GMO ingredients?” It was no surprise that 92 percent of respondents answered YES! And, did you know that the Co-op’s Produce Department is entirely GMO-FREE! That’s right! The Co-op recognizes that you, our members and customers, are concerned about the potential negative health and environmental effects of GMOs, and we strive to provide education and information that allows you to make informed decisions about your Co-op purchases. If you’d like to check out the Co-op’s GMO Policy, see page 12 of our Food and Product Manual.
The next question we asked in December was: “Would you move towards a glyphosate-free diet if you could identify products which include ingredients treated with glyphosate?” Again, almost everyone (94 percent of respondents) said YES! Most Co-op shoppers value clean, healthy, and fresh local food. And many of them know that the easiest way to avoid glyphosate-treated foods is to eat foods that are Organic, Biodynamic, or Certified Naturally Grown.
The last question in our December survey was: “Are you aware that the majority of non-organic (conventional) and non-GMO grains and legumes are sprayed with glyphosate-containing herbicides, shortly before harvest?” A little over half of the respondents (56 percent) were already aware of this, while 44 percent were not. One respondent shared that they had just learned about it by reading Whitewash. Another respondent wanted to know the origin or foundation of this assertion and if it included locally-grown grains and legumes. We were glad for this comment in particular, because it brought to our attention that the question should really have indicated that “many,” not “the majority” of non-GMO grains and legumes, are sprayed with glyphosate-containing herbicides shortly before harvest. We apologize for any confusion this error may have caused.
Given the feedback on December’s survey question, we decided to share this link to the Canadian Roundup® Preharvest Staging Guide and the US version. It is common practice for conventional farms to use glyphosate-containing herbicides to maximize yields and prevent weeds, especially in northern climates. The farther north and the wetter the climate, the more frequently the farmers use pre-harvest applications of glyphosate-containing herbicides on their crops. But, unless you are eating local and you know your farmer and their specific practices, it’s almost impossible to know where your crops came from and what they were treated with. Fortunately, the Co-op carries many local products labeled with the farm’s name so, if you want to, you can find out what their practices are. The Co-op also has many Organic, Biodynamic, and Certified Naturally Grown products that are not sprayed with glyphosate-containing herbicides. If you’d like to read the introductory article to December’s survey, which has many links to scientific studies about GMOs and Glyphosate, please click here.
Thank you for participating in the survey!