<h2>Proposition 37 - What is it and why we should care.</h2> <p>It isthe night before the US Election, and all through the Organic Industry we are more interested and more apprehensive about a minor vote in California than who will be the President of The United States next year. In California, a battle over a ballot initiative called Proposition 37 has been waging away. Perhaps some of you have heard of it, but for those that haven&apos;t, it aims to change food labeling laws in California to requirefood containing Genetically Engineeredingredients to belabeled as such. </p> <p>While this seems like an obvious issue of consumer choice, the battle has been angry, hostile and negative. Monsanto, Dupont, Pepsico and Bayer Cropscience have spent over $17M on advertising to fight against this initiative, which has seen a total &apos;No&apos; budget of $44M compared to the &apos;Yes&apos; campaign&apos;s $7M. Over 90% of the money raised to fight this initiative has come from outside California. The basis for the &apos;No&apos; campaign focused on consumer pricing. They have claimed that the average household food bill in California will rise by $400 a year if the proposition passes and this message is having an effect. Popular support from the initiative has crashed from 67% in September to a dead heat tonight. We don&apos;t know which way the vote will go tomorrow on election day.</p> <p>Most of Europe and even Japan have introduced laws to require GE products to be labeled. Proposition 37 would also prohibit GE foods to be labeled as &apos;natural&apos;. In the Organic industry, by definition our products cannot contain GE ingredients and so we are less threatened by the campaign to hide these ingredients from consumers of conventional foods. However, the label &apos;Natural&apos; is of great concern. Labeling a product &apos;Natural&apos; implies a level of quality that is not measured, inspected or maintained. Any food product can use the term &apos;Natural&apos; without control or oversight and our industry feels that this is misleading and confusing to consumers, and when instances of truly unnatural foods being represented as natural are exposed, the negative public perception has an impact on the credibility of our industry and the rigorous 3rd party verified, federally regulated standard that we have built toensure that organic products are truly organic.</p> <p>Regardless of which way the vote goes tomorrow, as a consumer in Alberta I would always encourage you to be suspicious of products labeled &apos;Natural&apos; or &apos;All-Natural&apos;. Check the ingredients. If you see corn or soya products, in all likelihood theycontain GE materials.88% of corn and 94% of soy produced in the United States is Genetically Engineered. If youwant to be assured that there is noGMO in your food, choose certified organic.Until North America chooses to catch up with the rest of the modern world and label itsfood, organic is the only guarantee we have that the food is truly&apos;All-Natural&apos;.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Its time for Winter Delivery Instructions</strong> </p> <p>On my last trip back from BC, I ran into some pretty snowy highways coming through the Rockies andit reminded me that winter is upon us. Please remember that our normal delivery hours are noon to 10pm, so if you are expecting your box and it is getting dark, <strong>please turn on your porch light for our drivers to see</strong>. If we can&apos;t see your house number or if your front steps aren&apos;t safe, we will have trouble getting your box of food to you this winter.</p> <p>Its also time to start thinking about <strong>winter delivery instructions</strong>. Your box won&apos;t survive in -10C weather for more than 30 minutes outside, so please start thinking about winter conditions and how you want your box delivered. Some options include:</p> <ol> <li>We can put it in your garage if you have a keypad entry system.</li> <li>We can leave it with a specified neighbour if you aren&apos;t home.</li> <li>If you aren&apos;t home, we can bring it back to the warehouse and you can pick it up from our warehouse on Wednesday to Fridays during business hours and 9-1pm on Saturdays.</li> <li>Something else creative that you can devise!</li> </ol> <p>Boxes without winter delivery instructions will be<strong> left on the front step if you aren&apos;t home</strong>, so please take the time to update your instructions and let us know what you would like us to do for you. Delivery instructions can be updated by clicking the &apos;My Account&apos; button on the right hand side of the Choose Your Box page.</p> <p>At The Organic Box we are always growing, always looking for ways to get better, and always trying to find ways to get more of your shopping basket filled by Alberta and BC food producers. We can do it! You are helping!</p> <p>Havea Great Week!</p> <p>Danny.<br />Founder, The Organic Box.</p> <h2>Featured LocalProducers</h2> <table cellspacing=&quot;15&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; bgcolor=&quot;#edf0e9&quot;> <tbody> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;Abeego&quot; alt=&quot;Abeego&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Flat01.jpg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Abeego Food Storage</h2> <p>Abeego is a Victoria, BC based company that sought to create a reuseable, environmentally friendly food storage alternative to plastic film. They created a food wrap made from 100% organic cotton, beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil. The versatility of these wraps is astounding, and Abeego has fashioned their material in 4 convenient sizes:</p> <p><strong>Flats</strong> - a package of 3 in various sizes<br /><strong>Giants</strong> - a package of 2 in large rectangle sizes<br /><strong>Wraps</strong> - with convenient ties to stash away a sandwich<br /><strong>Snack</strong>- small cone size with ties to protect your veggies or cookies. <br /><br />Abeego will be slightly adhesive and malleable at room temperature and will stiffen when cool, holding the shape you create. The fluid and air resistant beeswax coating keeps food fresh and is easy to clean... just <strong>hand wash in cold with with eco-friendly dish soap</strong>. The aren&apos;t suitable for the dish washer though so take care of them, and they should last for over a year. Try them out and tell us what you think! </p> <p><a href=&quot;http://www.abeego.ca&quot;>www.abeego.ca</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><a title=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Oil-Canola.jpg&quot; onkeypress=&quot;this.onclick();&quot; onclick=&quot;try{window.open(&apos;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Oil-Canola.jpg&apos;, &apos;MyImage&apos;, &apos;resizable=yes, scrollbars=yes, width=790, height=580&apos;)}catch(e){};return false;&quot; href=&quot;#&quot;><img title=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Oil-Canola.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Oil-Canola.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/thumb_Oil-Canola.jpg&quot; /></a></td> <td><h2>Mighty Trio Oils</h2> <p>Pressed, and bottled in Redwater, Alberta... Mighty Trio has harnessed the wonderful potential of high quality cooking oils. They specialize in three different types of oil:</p> <p><strong>Canola</strong> - ideal for sauteeing and cooking. It&apos;s very tasty and great poured over popcorn or used in salad dressings. <br /><strong>Hemp</strong> - lovely for salad dressing and goes well with balsamic vinegar for bread dip. Also a wonderful garnish for soups, and it packs a nutritional punch. <br /><strong>Flax</strong> - a &apos;superfood/superoil&apos;! Flax is high in omega-3&apos;s and is a wonderful salad dressing base. </p> <p>If you haven&apos;t tried Mighty Trio oils yet, now is the time! </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><img title=&quot;KACC&quot; alt=&quot;KACC&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/kac.jpeg&quot; /></td> <td><h2>Kootenay Alpine Cheese Company</h2> <p>Wayne and Denise Harris operate the Kootenay Alpine Cheese Company just outside of Creston, BC. For those cheese lovers out there, this is absolutely premium quality, all organic cheese. Produced with some of the most sophisticated, andenvironmentally friendly techniques, by some of the most well looked after dairy cows arounde... Wayne and Denise fashion two incredible cheeses:</p> <p><strong>Nostrala</strong> - Firm cheese with mild earthy notes, subtle creamy texture, and pale golden interior. A wonderful table cheese, or thinly sliced on a sandwich. <br /><strong>Aplindon</strong> - Smooth nutty flavour with a complex finish, and rich golden interior. Perfect as an appetizer or dessert course cheese. Try it in fondue! </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>