Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, May 27, 2010 @ 06:31 PM


I am fortunate to attend national and regional meetings where leading economists speak about the state of our economy and trends for grocery retailers. Despite the overall belt tightening in recessionary times, products and companies representing ethical business practices did not experience the anticipated declining sales.

In fact, many economists predicted sales to drop substantially for this category but it’s the opposite of what happened. The price of organic and ‘green’ products did not stop consumers from purchasing; instead they kept or added organic and green products to their shopping lists!

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Tags: Local, Food, Farm, Sustainability

Should VFC Ban the Bottle?

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, May 05, 2010 @ 01:32 PM

Every year, the average US citizen spends over $400 on bottled water. This is 1,900 times the price of tap water, yet Americans still use an average of 28 billion bottles of water yearly. Of those 28 billion bottles, 22 billion end up in landfills (where it then takes 300 years for the plastic to biodegrade). The production of bottled water, according to the What’s Tappening website, uses as much as 17 million barrels of oil—enough to fuel a million cars for an entire year.

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Tags: Sustainability