An empty pantry, dolphin slaughter and forgiveness

We’re open for orders again after last week’s unexpected week off. I don’t know about you, but my pantry, fridge and fruit bowl are looking a little bare, so I can’t wait for Thursday’s deliveries!

The nice thing about time passing and making no sales (yes, I always like to look on the bright side) is that our product range and stock levels are looking quite healthy. We have a few lines available that have been in short supply recently. Brown basmati rice makes a welcome return, as do pumpkin seeds, salted pistachios and quinoa, the fantastic high-protein grain.

The Dolphin Slaughter

Much as the seal slaughter in Namibia is attracting greater attention, increasing pressure and the chances of putting an end to it, the northern hemisphere autumn on September 1 has for decades seen the beginning of the dolphin slaughter in Taiji Cove in Japan. At least 400 000 dolphins have been killed in a 20-year period. They are slaughtered in the most horrific manner imaginable. Thanks mainly to the documentary film “The Cove” bringing it to greater attention, the media descended en masse to Taiji Cove this year. Until the documentary’s international success, most people in Japan had no idea that this happened in one of their national parks. Almost overnight, the annual event was catapulted into the spotlight and, as a result, this year there have to date been no dolphin killings. Shadows that have for years blighted the human family are coming out into the open as the world becomes lighter, and, thanks to this attention, progress is made.

Learning and Changing

Greater transparency is is one aspect of our society’s development. All the dirty little secrets are much harder to get away with, and the deals made behind closed doors don’t stay there very long.

The world is becoming our family in a more real sense as we get to see into their closets and backrooms. But a flipside of this openness is the need for understanding that people change. If a family member makes a mistake, we usually work to understand, to tackle the reasons behind the issue, to forgive and then move on. But in the public sphere we so often assume the worst, and never forgive. There’s many times good reason, as the full scale of what goes on behind closed does is revealed. But as the mistakes of others become more visible, we need to cultivate a sense of forgiveness, of not assuming the worst, of allowing and encouraging people to grow into their potential, even in the public eye.

The Obama administration in the US appointed a man with close ties to Monsanto to the key position of Secretary of Agriculture. It’s easy to assume the worst, that US policy will continue to be hopelessly corporate-friendly, at great cost to everyone’s health, and farmer’s viability.

But, with the spotlight on him, and people concerned, he’s been pleasantly surprising some with his support for local farming. Let’s hope it continues. Our US friends in particular need all the help they can get to heal their broken food system.

Collection Point Changes

There’re a few more changes around collection points this week. There’s a stand-in collection point in Marina de Gama, as the regular collection point at Watson Road in Muizenberg is not available this week. It’ll be back next week. The stand-in collection point is 101 Eastlake Drive, Uitsig Pennisula, Marina da Gama. Full details are on the site.

Also, there’s a new Noordhoek Collection Point opening this week, as the previous one has closed. It’s in 28 Amber Way, San Michel, Noordhoek. Again, full details on the site. Remember that you can change your default collection point by clicking on “Change Details” after placing your order.

To stock up that empty pantry, head on over to www.ethical.org.za.

Have a fantastic Spring week,
the Ethical Co-op team.