Your co-op, April 2011

This article was originally published in April 2011

Notice of annual membership meeting

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by April 19.

Free parking • Directions are available online or by calling 206-547-1222 • Accessible by Metro Bus:

We’ll begin the meeting with a wonderful meal highlighting the local, organic food available in our region. The board and management then will report to the membership on the state of our co-op, and the 2011 board candidates will be introduced. Each will speak briefly.

Our education topic for this meeting, the future of organic standards, is especially timely. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to allow unrestricted planting of genetically engineered alfalfa and sugar beets has raised great concern throughout the organic industry.

We’re especially fortunate that the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and the National Organic Coalition (NOC) are holding hearings in Seattle this month, on April 25 to 29. For more information about the hearings and how you might observe or testify, visit our National Organic Standards Board meeting Web page.

Three respected figures with expertise in organics have agreed to join us at our annual meeting to answer questions about what’s ahead for organic standards.

Liana Hoodes is director of the National Organic Coalition. Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., is director, technical policy at Consumers Union. Michael Sligh is founding chair of the NOSB and Sustainable Agriculture Program director of the Rural Advancement Foundation International. They will discuss a range of issues in the organic industry today and looking forward.

Learn more about PCC’s annual meeting »

2011 election this month


PCC members may vote in person at the annual meeting on April 26, at any PCC store, or by mail for three of the following candidates:

  • Carol Binder (management consultant) incumbent
  • Julianne Lamsek (director of technology, KCTS 9) incumbent
  • Michael LaBaw (president, Sound Telecom)
  • Jane Repensek (vice president, Special Olympics Washington)
  • Bruce Williams (director, HomeStreet Bank and Cascade Land Conservancy)

We’ve designated two dates during the election period when you’ll be able to meet all the board candidates in person. Make plans now to come out and discuss the values important to you. Some of our current trustees will be on hand, as will some of the nominating committee members.

For up-to-date election information, please visit the election area on our website. Be prepared early — read candidate statements today.

Meet the candidates

Look for the special election insert inside the print May Sound Consumer, which will be mailed to active members in the last week of April (or read online now). It features photos and biographical information on the board candidates, along with campaign statements from the board and nominating committee candidates. Your insert also will contain your ballot.

Be informed — read candidate statements and view their videos ahead of the election.

Ballot count meeting

The ballot count meeting will be Monday, May 23 at 5 p.m. at the co-op office. Results will be posted online and in the stores by May 27.

Board report

There was no board meeting in February. The March 29 board meeting report will be published in the May issue.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be Tuesday, May 31 with public comments at 7 p.m.

Also in this issue

Letters to the editor, April 2011

Edmonds frisée, GE alfalfa, Regarding “natural”, and more

Insights by Goldie: Spring has sprung! Celebrate Earth Day April 22

For me, nothing is more exhilarating than the visceral sense of the earth’s awakening each spring. The thrill of that moment virtually (and sometimes literally) brings me to my knees.

Big Ag walks out on the sustainable standard process

The Sound Consumer first began reporting on a proposed process to define sustainable for labeling foods in 2008. The following report is an update on the controversy.