Letter for National Pollinator Week

June 18th, 2019

Here is an easy way to make a difference for precious pollinators……

(Note: The specific dates for National Pollinator Week activities vary by location: See: https://pollinator.org/pollinator-week.)

Next week is National Pollinator Week and we need your help. Thousands of people like you across the U.S. are demanding Kroger get toxic pesticides out of the food that it sells.

Independent lab tests have revealed that Kroger-brand cereal, apples, applesauce, spinach and beans contain cancer-causing, brain-damaging and bee-killing pesticides. So from June 17th-23rd, we’re swarming Kroger stores to deliver letters demanding that it help solve the bee crisis and stop selling food grown with these pesticides.

Participating in this national action for National Pollinator Week is fun and easy. All you have to do is deliver a letter to the Kroger-owned store in your community. But ellen sue, I just checked our records and it looks like you haven’t signed up to join yet.

Sign up now and help pressure Kroger to not sell food grown with toxic pesticides.

Good news — there are many Kroger-owned stores, and there’s likely one near you.

Kroger’s 3,600 stores may also be called: Baker’s Supermarkets, City Market, Dillons Food Store, Fry’s Food and Drug, Gerbes Super Markets, Harris Teeter, Jay C Food Stores, King Soopers, Owen’s,  Pay Less Super Markets, QFC, Ralphs, Pick ‘n Save, Mariano’s Fresh Market, Metro Market, Copps, Scott’s, Smith’s, Fred Meyer, Foods Co. and Ruler Foods.

This means there’s likely a Kroger-owned store near you, and you can take action in your community to get toxic pesticides out of our food system. Can we count on your support?

Sign up today: Deliver a letter to your local Kroger-owned store and help get food produced with toxic pesticides off shelves across the country!

Kroger is doing very little to address toxic pesticides in its supply chain. Last June it pledged to phase out bee-toxic pesticides on the plants that it sells. This is a good first step, but it doesn’t address the toxic pesticides used to grow its food.

We can’t let this retail giant off the hook. It’s doing nothing to address the bulk of the products that it sells.

We need people like you to ramp up pressure on this retail giant by demanding that Kroger and all of the stores that it owns immediately commit to stop selling food grown with toxic pesticides.

Join in National Pollinator Week: Sign up to deliver a letter to Kroger from June 17th-23rd to demand it stop selling food grown with bee-killing pesticides.

Standing with you,
Tiffany Finck-Haynes
Pesticides and pollinators program manager
Friends of the Earth

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Off-the-Cuff Cucumber Salad (Reprise)

June 15th, 2019

This recipe could now be labeled a “Cooking-with-the-Strings-of-Your-Apron” dish.
Off-the-Cuff Cucumber Salad

Cucumber is one of the veggies listed previously as being available in June,
so I reprinted this one from my archives.

This recipe uses all the different herbs on my patio in no specific amounts. The amounts below are only suggested one. You will have to “wing” this using any herbs of your liking.
2 organic cucumber, washed, peeled, & diced
5-6 organic scallions, washed, trimmed to whites, & sliced thinly crosswise
juice of one organic lemon
herbs: chives, oregano, thyme, dill, basil, parsley
one garlic clove, peeled & minced
splash of Bragg’s Aminos or soy sauce
salt & pepper to taste; dash of cayenne pepper
Sesame seeds and tomatoes (optional)
organic lettuce leaves for platter, washed & dried
(Note: I used a lot of chives, because my chives plant was very full.)

1. Put peeled and diced cucumber in a bowl with sliced scallions.
2. Squeeze on the juice of one lemon. Stir into veggies.
3. Add chopped herbs listed above (or your own), about 2 tsp. of each (or more)
4. Add minced garlic, splash of Bragg’s, dash of cayenne, and salt & pepper to taste.
5. Toss everything together. Sprinkle on sesame seeds, if using. (I used black ones for color.)
6. Spoon salad onto a platter lined with lettuce. (Extra dressing can be saved for serving.) Garnish with cherry tomatoes (optional) and refrigerate, covered, for about one hour to let the flavors mingle. Serve chilled.

Yield: About 4 servings as a side salad or two as a main dish salad.