and Minimally-Processed Foods: These foods are universally
recommended by nutritionists as the basis of a healthy diet.
Small-Scale Farming in Season and Local Producers: Local
foods tend to be of higher quality as they are typically fresher and
better tasting; the cost of transporting products long distances is
detrimental to the environment; and local production strengthens our
local economy. In addition to showcasing local producers, HWFC supports
local organic Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) pre-orders.
Grown Foods: Organic foods are produced without the use of
chemical fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, irradiation or
genetically modified organisms, which have been shown to be harmful to
humans, animals and the planet.
Sustainable Products such as Paper and Cleaning Supplies:
These products have a lighter environmental impact because they are
biodegradable, incorporate recycled materials, and use more
environmentally-friendly materials and chemicals.
Displaying and Selling Food in Bulk: Bulk foods protect
our environment from excessive packaging and conserve natural
resources. Many bulk foods are also nutritious whole foods and are
often less expensive.
Price: HWFC is committed to providing the most nutritious
food obtainable at the lowest price by stocking whole, unprocessed
foods and by offering Members the opportunity to contribute time to the
co-op for discounts on purchases.
Trade and Companies that Practice Fair Labor Practices:
Fairly traded products and fair labor practices offer producers and
employees a living wage and humane working conditions, while unfair
practices show a disdain for human welfare.
and Nutrition Education: We believe that people can make
better dietary and lifestyle choices if they are well informed.
Packaging: HWFC has consistently invested resources in
maintaining a substantial volume of products in bulk, so that customers
can serve themselves, use their own containers, and avoid the use of
prepackaging. HWFC also recycles packaging for customers where
possible, investing time and resources into finding outlets and in
sorting. The coop has also avoided where possible single-serving
packaging. The increased presence of these items in the store is
reflective both of changing lifestyles among our customers and items
introduced to the store through the CAP program, which is collectively
run with other co-ops who have differing priorities. Emphasis is placed
on customer education and the debate is ongoing.
Activities: We believe that acting in cooperation gives
people control over their lives.
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