Other Important Links

This page contains links to other websites that are relevant to BFC.

Perhaps the most relevant links are to the BFC presence on Facebook:

the BFC Page on Facebook:
(Note: To "Like" us, you have to be
logged in to your Facebook account.)
the BFC Group on Facebook,
which serves as a kind of forum
for members of the Coop.
If you are, or have been, a BFC member,
go to www.facebook.com/groups/53959852030
and click on Join Group.

(Note: Depending on the browser you're using and whether its cache has been cleared recently, you may have to right-click on these links and select "Open link in new window.")

For greater usability, the rest of the links are organized into the following categories:

Member Home Pages

Kathy McKay is an Herbalist and Nutritional Consultant offering herbology, biofeedback, and hair mineral analysis.
You can reach her at (248) 318- 2649 or katherine-mckay@ comcast.net.

If you are a BFC member and would like to have a link to your home page appear here, please contact the Webmeister (bfc@brightonfoodcoop.com).

Cooperative Movement, Food Politics, and the Environment

The Green Guide is a site maintained by the National Geographic Society for today’s health- and environment-conscious consumer -- a resource for everyone striving for a “greener” lifestyle. Its goal is to serve as the most practical, reliable, and trustworthy source for guiding product choices and daily practices that are better for health and the environment.

The Conscientious Home is a similar site focusing on ways to be environmentally responsible on a small scale, especially through such routine activities as grocery shopping, banking, gift buying, and community involvement. The site has a Green Resource Directory to help you find local resources that further this goal. BFC is listed in the directory at http://www.theconscientioushome.net/records.php?doc=127 .

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) promotes food safety, organic farming, and sustainable agricultural practices in the U.S. and internationally. The OCA also has an Organic Food Finder service that includes a search and directory of food coops. BFC is listed in this directory at http://www.greenpeople.org/searchResults.cfm?memid=4185 .

Local Harvest provides information about, links to, and resources for small businesses, family farms, cooperatives, and other such organizations that produce, sell, or serve goods locally -- i.e. not involving large national chains, giant factory farms, etc. Local Harvest also has a powerful search function that helps you find locally-oriented farms, farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores, and coops near any specified zip code. If you provide your email address, Local Harvest will send you weekly announcements of events in your area sponsored by those businesses/organizations. BFC is listed in their directory at http://www.localharvest.org/food-coops/M9781.

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) website is a vast storehouse of information about the cooperative movement, including domestic and international, current and historical. For example, they posted several articles about the "mergers" when United National Foods Inc. acquired Northeast Cooperatives and Blooming Prairie.

The Columbia University website has information about food and housing coops all over the world (including links to their websites) and even offers a Coop Directory Service. BFC is listed in their "Master List of Coops".

The Organic Valley Family of Farms is a cooperative of over 500 small organic farmers in 13 states who not only sell organic products but also actively promote organic standards, cooperative business practices, sustainable agriculture, and other earth-friendly environmental policies. Their Action Center is geared to marshaling citizen support for these principles and against political efforts to undermine them. A typical "Action Alert" will provide an e-mail summary of their position on an issue addressed to political leaders (congressmen, cabinet members, heads of federal bureaus, etc.) who may have a stake in the issue. You can send the e-mail as-is or edit it first to express your own opinion on the issue. BFC is listed in their "Where to Buy" database, which has a search function based on zip code.

Health and Nutrition

The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) website is a great source of information if you are a practicing vegetarian or want to nudge your diet in that direction. The site has a newsletter and monthly journals with all sorts of articles about nutrition, health, recipes, food coops, and of course the evils of the fast food and meat industries.

Dr. Joseph Mercola is a very vocal advocate of eating healthy and staunchly opposes the practices of the pharmaceutical and processed food industries and often even takes to task the nutritional supplement industry, arguing that good wholesome food is the best way to get the nutrients we need. He strongly favors the idea of "nutritional typing", dividing people into three broad categories (protein types, carbohydrate types, and mixed) to determine which foods will help them thrive. His website at http://www.mercola.com is one of the most popular on the Internet.

Andrew Weil M.D. is probably the premier nutritional adviser in the U.S. now. He goes all over the country promoting whole foods, integrative medicine, and healthy lifestyle and has appeared on the Today Show and in various other media to get his message out. With his trademark full white beard, he has become a kind of a health icon, but he is more "mainstream" than Dr. Mercola. His website DrWeil.Com has a wealth of information about health, nutrition, and the medical and pharmaceutical industries, including skeptical appraisals of over-hyped nutritional/medical products and services that border on scams. At his website you can consult an interactive "Vitamin Advisor" geared to your specific needs and sign up for a daily e-mail "Good Morning from Dr. Weil" with useful tips about food, exercise, medications, etc.

Another good source of daily health tips is RealAge.Com, which features a test that purportedly determines your "real" age (vs. your chronological age) based on such factors as diet, exercise, habits (e.g. smoking), overall lifestyle, and emotional outlook.

Many sites on the web provide information about various health challenges: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. A good example is Mesothelioma.net, which focuses on a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure -- typically through work in heavy industries.