Shopping at the Honest Weight Food Co-op can be a great way to not only purchase healthy and local foods, but also use your grocery dollars most efficiently! Here are some tips for how to do it… Continue reading
Many of us have been watching the recent deregulation of GE alfalfa with trepidation and, now that the USDA has approved full deregulation, we only have one more chance to stop Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready alfalfa from being planted across the country. Continue reading
February is heart-health month at the Co-op! Our amazing variety of healthy foods provides everybody with the opportunity to make heart-smart choices while shopping. Continue reading
Grass-fed beef – which comes from grass-fed cows vs grain-fed (ie: corn-fed) cows – has been shown to be a healthier option for humans and animals alike. Studies have demonstrated that grass-fed beef contains a much higher level of Omega-3 fatty acid, which is an essential nutrient for good health. Continue reading
Tons of food waste is buried in landfills across the US each year. This food waste, when mixed with other waste breaks down and creates methane. According to the US EPA, it is estimated that about 50 percent of global methane emissions are related to human activites like waste management (landfills).
Everyone can help reduce the amount of waste they send to the landfill by simply composting their kitchen scraps. Composting food waste offers several advantages:
- It can reduce household garbage costs;
- It creates less odor and attracts fewer pests than when putting food wastes in garbage containers;
- It saves the water and electricity that kitchen garbage disposals use;
- It produces free, high-quality soil amendment; and
- It requires little space.
You can collect food scraps right in your own kitchen, with a compost pail, then empty the full pail into a larger (homemade) compost bin, tumbler or worm condo! If you don’t like the idea of sharing your kitchen with worms or don’t have a yard or basement to keep your compost bin you can have your compost picked up. Check with your town or city’s recyling department to see if your municipality has a compost program, and if not, you can be part of local compost initiatives like Albany’s Radix Center compost pick-up service.
There are certain foods you cannot compost and specific methods to prevent odors, pests and to create the most nutrient-rich soil. To find out more about composting attend the Co-op’s Vermicomposting class with Kathy on Monday, December 12 at 12-2pm. There will be a post with more details on composting later this week for those who cannot attend, but the class will surely be interesting and informative!
Knives are the most important tool in our kitchens. Most of us use knives everyday. And with every fruit, veggie, nut, or piece of meat we cut they get duller. Dull knives are more likely to slip and cause an injury in the kitchen so it is important that you sharpen your knives on a regular basis. Continue reading