More flexible ordering

This week the ordering process just got a little more convenient. Many of you have asked for the flexibility to collect at different locations each week, depending on your circumstances.

You could always do this by changing your profile page, but it just got a whole lot easier. You can now choose whether to have your order delivered to either your work or home address, or to collect from any of our available collection points, from the dropdown at the top of the order form. Clicking the little question mark next to the dropdown will give you full details of the collection points, the available times, and who to contact.

By default, you’ll be asked to choose each week, but you can save yourself this step by setting a default. Go to your profile page (click ‘Change details’ from the menu at the top after placing your order to access this) and choose a default delivery method.

With the cold weather, warm foods and soups are looking very appealing. It’s not a coincidence that the foods in season now are those that are best for us, and many of them make great soups. Ginger (also dry ginger slices), turnips, onions, butternut, sweet potatoes are all in season and available, and go well in soups.

Many of us are lead to organics in a negative way – horror stories about pesticides, toxic ingredients in personal products, genetic modification and so on. Although it’s wise to be informed, sometimes it’s good to look at the positives for a change.

Organic food is healthier, not any for negative reasons, such as lack of pesticide residues, but also for positive reasons – it contains more minerals and vitamins. Any farmer can tell us this. Plants gain most of their value from the soil, and just a casual glance at the vibrant living soil on an organic farm, compared to the dying soil of a chemical farm, should tell us what to expect.

But many of us are far removed from the farms where our food comes from, and prefer to listen to what the scientific research has to say. Well, the research is pouring in about the greater nutrient levels in organic foods. Some interesting recent research has indicated that it’s not just the better soil quality that leads to more nutritious food, but that pesticides actually reduce the nutrient level of food they are applied to, regardless of soil quality.

Avoiding pesticides is much more than just a personal health decision. With an estimated 3 to 5 million people being affected by pesticide poisoning each year, mainly farm workers, this huge industry has a terrible impact on the most vulnerable people. Now isn’t that a good-enough reason to switch to organic food?

To order, head on over to www.ethical.org.za. Hurry if you want to get any eggs!

Enjoy the soups, the Co-op team