June 2013

Volume 29, Issue 6

The FireStarter

June Deli Lunch Special: Roast Beef Melt
w/ roast beef, sautéed mushrooms & cheddar cheese – grilled on your choice of bread, mayo and mustard – for $7.95

4th Annual Conscious Culture Festival June 21-23

submitted by DJ Sticky

The 4th Annual Conscious Culture Festival (CCF) is coming June 21, 22 & 23 to the Barter Faire Site! Join us again for three days of sustainability-focused culture including Music, Art, Dancing, Free Workshops, Food, Family Activities, Crafts, Positive Vibes, Beautiful Landscapes and much more.

CCF will offer three stages with music: Reggae, Folk, Rock, StopGrass, Americana, Acoustic Acts and World Music as well as Hip Hop, Glitch Hop, Drum N Bass, Dubstep, House and beyond. The festival also features Live Art, 3D Visuals & Projection Art, Fire Dancing, Nature and LOVE. The complete workshop schedule is posted on the website: www.conscious culturefestival.com and is also on our Facebook page. The Yoga Center workshop area at CCF is sponsored by Tonasket’s Little Shop of Yoga.

Our purpose as the Conscious Culture Festival is to promote and maintain our ideals and beliefs by focusing on social justice, sustainability, organic farming, and all around conscious living. We believe that by bringing peo­ple together we can make a better future for this earth and all of us on it and having a good time while doing it.

We are committed to providing our community with the very best multi-cultural, environmentally friendly and educationally stimulating experience possible.

There will be local and organic beer/wine available in our Beer Garden including our exclusive Conscious Culture Festi­val Ale brewed for us by Methow Brewing and organic, sulfate-free wine from David Hamilton Win­ery. 

We want to thank everybody for their continued support over the past four years!

This year we will celebrate both the Solstice and Full Moon during the festival. 

Live Performances By:
Indigitize ▪ Rocker T ▪ Jah Sun ▪ Stevie Culture ▪ Acorn Project ▪ Manooghi Hi ▪ Surrealized ▪ Polecat ▪ Essential I ▪ Adrian Xavier Band ▪ Sarah Christine ▪ Jahson Ites ▪ Elbow Coulee ▪ Dubchamp feat. Mista Chatman ▪ State Of Jefferson ▪ Olivia De La Cruz ▪ Marmalade ▪ Real Life Rockaz ▪ Space Owl ▪ Flying Spiders ▪ Rising Buffalo Tribe ▪ The Highlife Band ▪ Citta Flow ▪ Half Zodiac ▪ Eb & Flow ▪ Jipsea Party ▪ Knowbody Knew ▪ Kingz Ambassa­ ors ▪ Neato Fa Neato ▪ Lost Rusteros ▪ Kelly Mak & DJ Dirtbag ▪ Auriemma ▪ Martin Elliot ▪ Steve Kinzie ▪ Kyle McConnel ▪ Ruby Rust ▪ Alex Rasmussen ▪ Johnny Balderama 

Performing in DJ Dome:
Bass Science ▪ Erothyme ▪ Mesca ▪ DJ Shapeshifter ▪ Sonny Chiba ▪ Pressha ▪ Jaeda ▪ Kat1lyst ▪ HZ donut ▪ Selecta Matsui ▪ Dot Diggler ▪ Jameson Goner ▪ Zara ▪ 3J Million ▪ Sake One ▪ Jiminy Glitch ▪ Glitch & Swagga ▪ N-I-X ▪ Haiku ▪ Julian O'keefe ▪ Beauflexx ▪ Valis ▪ Azon ▪ Stitch Jones ▪ Apollo Tone ▪ Darin Bass ▪ Crave ▪ Galaxy lapse ▪ Docta Ugz ▪ BrainFunk ▪ Zdub ▪ Wax 808 ▪ Bagdad ▪ Jahf1sh ▪ Acoustic Vibrations

The 2013 CCF is sponsored by: 
Sick Donkey Records, Klean Kanteen, Newmans Own Organics, HeadyWorks, Bassdrop Music, Tonasket Natural Foods, Methow Brewing, Okanogan Bakery, Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, True Hard Core Board-shop, Breadline Bakery, Little Shop of Yoga and Green Okanogan Recycling.

Tickets are on sale at the Co-op or by calling 800-838-3006. The cost is $50 if purchased before the show and $55 at the gate. There will be single day tickets available for $25 at the gate.

Rainbows and stormy skies presided over much of last year’s Conscious Culture Festival.

Great Idea for Father’s Day Gift: a Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op T-shirt!
Three colors to choose from with
original artwork by Co-op member Harvey Swanson
these are limited edition tees – get one before they’re sold out!

Member Appreciation Day is the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Members may bulk-order from the UNFI Catalog at 15% above wholesale.

Dairy Industry Wants to Add Aspartame to School Milk and NOT Tell

from Food Democracy Now.org

Right now, in the midst of a major childhood obesity epidemic, the giant dairy lobby is trying to force the federal government to re­ define “milk” to include artificial sweeteners such as aspartame in children’s school lunches without proper labels. So instead of chocolate or strawberry milk with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, which is currently labeled, Big Dairy now wants to replace that with aspar­tame in our children’s milk and pretend it’s a healthy choice for you and America’s children then do this by keeping it all a secret by not requiring proper labels!

Aspartame has a long clouded history, with fraudulent science submit­ ted during the original FDA approval process and not surprising, the company that created aspartame, G.D. Searle, was bought by Monsanto in 1985. In 1999, Monsanto admitted to genetically engineering bacteria to create aspar­ tame, which is now used widely as an artificial sweetener in diet soft drinks, chewing gum and other diet foods as a sugar substitute.

Alarmingly, numerous studies have linked aspartame to mood altera­tions including anxiety, agitation, depression, headaches, insomnia, seizures and memory and learning problems and brain tumors. Even worse, not long after aspartame won approval in 1981 the company, G.D. Searle, that manufactured aspar­ tame was bought by Monsanto – hard to believe – and much of today’s aspartame sold on the market is genetically engineered. Despite Monsanto's early connec­ tion with aspartame, they sold the company in 2000 and no longer produce it...

...Earlier this year, the FDA announced that they were taking public comments on a petition that the dairy lobby had filed “requesting that the [FDA] Agency amend the standard of identity for milk and 17 other dairy products to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient.” Under current FDA guide­ lines, dairy companies are already allowed to put artificial sweeteners in milk, but now Big Dairy wants to be able to do it unlabeled, without cur­ rently required labels such as “reduced calorie” or listing aspartame as an ingredient, which according to America’s two leading dairy lobbies “are not attractive to children”.

After decades of declining sales of milk, thanks to the fact that the dairy industry once widely pushed Monsanto’s genetically engineered rBGH into America’s milk, the dairy industry now believes it can save the day by pumping another synthetic compound like aspartame on an unsuspecting public without notifying us. This is outrageous and it must be stopped....

...In 1999, a top political correspondent for the UK Independent revealed that Monsanto had been manufacturing aspar­ tame through genetically engineering bacteria to create the sweetener at its US production facili­ ties.

This news came out during the 1999 “G8 summit of rich country leaders” who had decided “to launch an inquiry into the safety of genetically modified (GM) food”. According to the article: “A Monsanto spokeswoman confirmed that aspartame for the US market is made using genetic engineering. But sweetener supplied to British food producers is not. However, consumer groups say it is likely that some low-calorie products containing genetically engineered aspartame have been imported into Britain. "Increasingly, chemical companies are using genetically engineered bacteria in their manufac­ turing process without telling the public," said Dr Erik Millstone, of Sussex University and the National Food Alliance.

Sure, the FDA now says that aspartame is perfectly safe and that it’s one of the “most tested” food additives ever. But if that’s the case, why is the dairy industry trying to sneak it into our milk unlabeled?

At Food Democracy Now! we believe that dairy companies shouldn’t be dumping aspartame or other artificial sweeteners in our children’s milk unlabeled.

Thanks for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! Team

Remember to look for the SALES throughout the Co-op, displayed with white shelf tags below the items.

Members receive special discounts on these products.

Some are one-time deals, some are monthly sales, and others are introductory promotions.
Price tags show member prices and non-member prices, with the sales being for our Co-op Members only.

News From the Deli and Other Store Info

Now shoppers can buy our delicious deli salads, such as the Viet Wah (spicy noodle salad), tortellini pasta, and potato salads that you enjoy for lunch in bulk. These would be great for your next party or picnic – just give the deli staff 48 hours notice. The Deli window will now be open on Sundays, from 11am - 2pm.

The Co-op is pleased to carry a new line of face care products from Alaffia. EveryDay Coconut, is made with certified Fair Trade coco­nut, and offers a cleans­ing face wash, facial toner, and both daytime and nighttime face creams, for all skin types. The company, which has ties to local families, says they created EveryDay Coconut to support their Coconut Cooperative and coconut farmers in Southern Tongo. The cooperative provides “fair incomes and a safe envi­ronment for our members in exchange for their traditional knowledge of hand extracting coconut oil.” They source their coconuts from small, fam­ily farms. They claim their “cycle of Fair Trade begins with paying farm­ers a fair price for hand harvested coconuts.” The purity of what we put on our bodies is nearly as important as what we put into our bodies – try some EveryDay Coconut skin care products for radiant health!

The store management encourages shoppers to consider bringing in their own bags for groceries – whether it be a reusable cloth bag or merely bringing in paper or plas­tic bags from home. Not only do we minimize land­ fill waste, but also save the store a considerable amount of money. Some grocery stores have gone so far as to start charging extra at checkout for supplying bags, and we do not want to do that. Paper bag prices start at .025¢ for the smallest and go up to 8¢ for the largest printed bags. The small clear plastic bags are 2¢ apiece and the plastic produce bags are 3¢ each. It all adds up and increases our operations costs, which winds up effecting shop­pers in the long run.

Correction to the print version of this newsletter

Our hours have NOT changed for Saturdays; our hours are the same summer and winter and are still
Monday-Friday, 9am ~ 7pm
Saturday, 9am ~ 6pm
Sunday, 11am ~ 4pm

What is new? The Deli is now open Summer Sundays!
From Memorial Day through the Okanogan Family Faire (October 18-20)
you can get your sammich made the way you like it from 11am-2pm :-)

Senate Voted Against Labeling GM Foods – AGAIN!

source--The Cornucopia Institute

The United States Senate decided again (last month that) it simply does not want to let states tell people whether or not they are eating genetically modified food.

The Senate voted overwhelmingly - 71 to 27 - against an amendment to the sweeping farm bill, squashing a measure that would not have required labeling of genetically modified organisms, but merely would have let states decide if they wanted to require such labeling.

“The concept we’re talking about today is a fairly commonsense and non-radical idea,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the sponsor of the amendment, said shortly before the vote. “All over the world, in the European Union, in many other countries around the world, dozens and dozens of countries, people are able to look at the food that they are buying and determine through labeling whether or not that product contains genetically modified organisms.”

Sanders has noted that more than 3,000 ingredi­ents are required to be labeled, but genetically modified ingredients are not part of that list.

Take Action Now and Voice Your Opinion!

a letter from http://yeson522.com

Dear Tonasket Natural Foods Co-Op members,
Sitting around the kitchen table and talking about ideas is as American as apple pie. The kitchen table is where we do homework, draft business plans, discuss politics, and make memories.  What better place to kick off a campaign about food than in a kitchen?

That's why we are launching our Kitchen Conversation program, a chance for you to open up your kitchen to your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to talk about why labeling genetically engineered foods is important to you.

Will you invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to your table to talk about why supporting Yes on 522 is important to you?

I know what you’re thinking. I don’t have time to hold a Kitchen Conversation. But you do, it’s as simple as making apple pie. You’ll send the invites, we’ll do the rest. If you can’t do it right now we understand, but after talking with our team we think you’ll be ready to open up your kitchen.

Sign up to host a Kitchen Conversation in your home. Visit action.yeson522.com/page/s/kitchen-conversations and find out how!

You have the right to know if the food you feed your family is genetically engineered. By sharing why labeling is important with your friends and neighbors we will build a network of support that will bring Yes on 522 to victory this November.

From our kitchen to yours,
Jeremy Zegas
Yes on 522, Outreach Director

a note from our Store Manager, Alice Simon: Co-op shoppers, please consider following the progress of initiative 522 for GMO labeling in WA at http://yeson522.com This organization needs support--and funding--to achieve the goal of labeling GMO food in WA. To donate go right to https://secure.yeson522.com/page/contribute It's our right to know, and I need honest labels to do my job ordering your food. You are needed - it won't happen if we wait for 'the other guy' to take action!

Do Not Support These Monsanto Companies

Aunt Jemima
Aurora Foods
Best Foods
Betty Crocker
Capri Sun
Chef Boyardee
Coca Cola
Delicious Brand Cookies
Duncan Hines
Famous Amos
Frito Lay
General Mills
Green Giant
Healthy Choice
Hershey's Nestle
Hungry Jack
Interstate Bakeries
KC Masterpiece
Keebler/Flowers Industries
Kid Cuisine

Kraft/Phillip Morris
Lean Cuisine
Loma Linda
Marie Callenders
Minute Made
Mrs Butterworths
Nature Valley
Ocean Spray
Orville Redenbacher
Pepperidge Farms
Pop Secret
Post Cereals
Power Bar Brand
Prego Pasta Sauce
Proctor and Gamble
Ragu Sauce
Smart Ones
Tombstone Pizza

Co-op Board of Directors meets at the Community Cultural Center on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning at 5:30pm (subject to change)


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