Items of Interest

  • The Co-op attempts to identify sources for produce that are grown organically and locally and to pass on information regarding services and products that might be of interest to the membership; but the Co-op does not endorse any products or services and the Co-op relies on the representations of the suppliers/producers and does not check their credentials.
Eleven Easy Ways to 
Buy American in 2012

by Roger Simmermaker
1.  Cotton Swabs. 

Don’t call them Q-Tips. The Q-Tips brand is made in America , but guess what? The company that owns the brand isn’t American at all. The name of the company is called Unilever (ever seen Lever 2000 soap?), which is a joint venture between England and The Netherlands . An American alternative would be the CVS or Walgreen’s brand, which are both made in USA as well for about the same price. Both CVS and Walgreen’s are American-owned companies and are based in the United States .

2.  Deodorant. 

Suave and Dove are both owned by Unilever, so the profits go overseas and the taxes are paid overseas to foreign governments when you buy either of these brands. Want an American brand to buy and save money, too? Go to the Dollar Tree store and buy the Speed Stick brand for $1 each, which is made in USA by American-owned Colgate-Palmolive. If you drop five or ten dollars, you won’t have to go back to the store for this item anytime soon.

3.  Bath Soap. 

Irish Spring sounds like it might be foreign, but it’s actually an American brand made in the United States . Ivory soap is American, too. Jergens is made in America, but Jergens is owned by a Japanese company. Think of it like this: Just like a Toyota made in the U.S. is still a Japanese car, a bar of Jergens soap made in the U.S. is still a Japanese soap. Dial is owned by a German company.

4.  Mustard. 

French’s mustard isn’t French. It’s owned by the British. Grey Poupon sounds like it might be foreign, but it’s owned by an American company, and is made in America .

5.  Pasta sauce. 

Did you know Ragu is owned by Unilever, the foreign-owned company we learned about in examples one and two? Prego is an American brand owned by the Campbell Soup Company, and is made in the United States .

6.  Disinfectant. 

Lysol and Clorox are both effective disinfectants and there is little if any price difference between the two, but only one is American owned. Lysol used to be owned by Kodak, but Kodak sold it to a British company in 1995. Clorox is American owned.

7.  Coffee. 

Two of the most popular brands in the United States are Maxwell House and Taster’s Choice, but only one is owned by a company based in the United States . Taster’s Choice is made by Switzerland-based Nestle Ð the largest food company in the world. Maxwell House is an American brand. The coffee beans for both brands are imported, however. For truly American coffee from tree to cup (the beans come from Hawaii ) check out the USA Coffee Company

8.  Cosmetics.

Revlon is an American-owned company and many (not all) of their products are made in the United States. Maybelline was American-owned until 1996 when French-owned L’Oreal bought the company for $758 million.

9.  Bottled water. 

Now that we know the French own at least one brand many probably thought was American owned, what other popular brands are owned by companies based in France ? You might be surprised to know that Dannon bottled water (and other Dannon products like yogurt) are French owned.Aquafina (owned by Pepsi) and Dasani (owned by Coca-Cola) are American brands.

10.  Peanut Butter. 

They say choosy mothers choose Jif. Choosy patriotic Americans choose Jif, too, because Jif is American-owned. Skippy is owned by our favorite foreign brand Unilever.

11.  Apparel. 

Why shop at Wal-Mart and buy foreign-made t-shirts when you can buy American-made t-shirts fromAll American Clothing Company ( where they use 100% U.S.-grown cotton for just $7.99. Are the shirts in Wal-Mart that much cheaper? I have to admit I don’t know because I don’t shop there. But I do know Wal-Mart is the biggest seller of Chinese-made goods on the planet.
Okay, I had to give another example because this is probably the best one, and since winter is still here, we might be adding some hot chocolate to our shopping cart at the supermarket. Swiss Missis American owned, but Carnation is owned by the Swiss.

The good news is that 
the more we buy American-owned and American-made products, the more powerful and positive impact we will have on the U.S. economy. And the even better news is we can usually do it without any extra cost or inconvenience to the consumer. Awareness is the key.

About the Author:
Roger Simmermaker

Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism and writes “Buy American Mention of the Week” articles for his

Roger has a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and is the vice president of his local Machinists Union (IAM&AW). He’s been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, and has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week among many other publications.

A Vietnamese woman worksat a fish market in Nha Trang, Vietnam, in 2008. Some 86 percent of the fish Americans eat is imported.

Juice flap reveals growth in food imports

16.8 percent of what Americans eat isn’t grown here

By Christina Rexrode Associated Press

NEW YORK – Which food revelation was more shocking this week?

Did it blow you away that low levels of a fungicide that isn’t approved in the U.S. were discovered in some orange juice sold here? Yawn. Or was it the news that Brazil, where the fungicide-laced juice origi­nated, produces a good por­tion of the orange pulpy stuff we drink? Gasp!

While the former may have sent prices for orange juice for delivery in March down 5.3 percent earlier this week, the latter came as a bombshell to some ‘Buy American’ sup­porters. But that’s not the only surprise lurking in govern­ment data about where the food we eat comes from.

Overall, America’s insatiable desire to chomp on overseas food has been growing. About 16.8 percent of the food that we eat is imported from other countries, according to the U.S. Department of Agricul­ture, up from 11.3 percent two decades ago. Here are some other facts: Not all juices are treated the same. About 99 percent of the grapefruit juice we drink is produced on American soil, while about a quarter of the or­ange juice is imported; more than 40 percent of that is from Brazil.

About half of the fresh fruit we eat comes from elsewhere. That’s more than double the amount in 1975.

Some 86 percent of the shrimp, salmon, tilapia and other fish and shellfish we eat comes from other countries. That’s up from about 56 per­cent in 1990.

Better communication (thank you, Internet) and transportation (thank you, fast­er planes) play a role in all the food importing. And in many cases, it’s just become much cheaper to pay for shipping food from distant countries, where wages are often lower and expensive environmental rules often laxer than in the U.S.

Our expanding population – and bellies – also has made feeding people cheaply more important. The U.S. has about 309 million residents, as of the 2010 U.S. Census. In 1990, that number was about 249 million.

There’s also a shift in our food psychology. New Ameri­cans – those who have immi­grated from Latin America and other countries – want the foods that they enjoyed back home. Not to mention that Americans in general have come to expect that they should be able to buy blueber­ries, spinach and other things even when they’re not in sea­son in the U.S.

‘This is about the expecta­tion that we’re going to have raspberries when it’s snowing in Ithaca,’ said Marion Nestle, a food studies professor at New York University.

Of course, the U.S. govern­ment still has high standards when it comes to dining on vittles that were created else­where.

For instance, while 85 per­cent of the apple juice we drink is imported, only about 7 percent of the apples we eat are. Andy Jerardo, an econo­mist at the USDA, says that’s because the juice often comes from China, which produces apples that are inferior for snacking but good for drink­ing.

And we still get the majority of American dinner staples like wine, red meat and veg­gies from within the U.S. The U.S. is more inclined to import foods that can be easily stored and won’t spoil quickly. For example, 44 percent of the dry peas and lentils Americans consume are imported.

Also, we’re much less likely to import foods that we al­ready grow a lot of here. In­deed, only about 1 percent of the sweet potatoes we eat -which grow plentifully in states like California and North Carolina – come from outside the nation’s borders. And basically all of our cran­berries are from U.S. places like Massachusetts and Ore­gon.

But stuff like fruit and fishcan be a little trickier to gauge.

The USDA’s Kristy Plattner says the percentage of im­ported fruit has grown be­cause we’re eating more tropi­cal fruits. That’s a result of two things: More Americans have ties to Latino cultures and as a nation, we’re becoming moreadventurous eaters.

So, even though we con­sume fewer apples than we did 30 years ago (about 15.4 pounds per person in the 2010-11 season, down from 19.2 pounds in 1980-81), we eat more mangos (about 2.2 pounds, up from about one­fourth of 1 pound). We also chow on more limes, lemons, kiwi, papayas and avocados.

Fish importing has risen for another reason. The U.S. isn’t building its aquaculture indus­try, or fish farms, as aggres­sively as some other coun­tries.

Fish farms supply about half the world’s seafood demand, including about half of U.S. im­ports, according to the Nation­al Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But in the U.S., our seafood farms meet less than 10 percent of the country’s demand for seafood.

Lorenzo Juarez, deputy di­rector of the NOAA’s aquacul­ture office, says the U.S. has stricter environmental and safety standards for its farms. But that’s not to say that the NOAA is opposed to U.S. fish farms.

In fact, the agency sees them as the best way to feed an expanding country, espe­cially in light of USDA recom­mendations that Americans should expand their seafood intake.

‘The amount of fish that can be had sustainably from the wild fisheries is set,’ Juarez said. ‘If we need to increase per-capita consumption, the only way this can happen is through aquaculture.’ In other words, there are only so many fish in the sea.

Submitted by Corey Hendershott


With Thanksgiving a little more than a week away, Loaves & Fishes Ministries are scrambling to get enough food for the Thanksgiving boxes.

“We are actually cutting turkeys in half so we’ll have enough,” said executive director Don Farr. “Even at that, we still need 300 more turkeys.”

He also said people could donate money to buy the turkeys.

“We’re working with some of the local stores, where we can get what we need,” Farr said.

Each box, which costs $17, contains turkey or ham, stuffing, potatoes, green beans, bread, pumpkin pie mix, pie crust, gravy, cranberries, olives, yams and more.

At the same time, Loaves & Fishes plan to provide a traditional food box for the Christmas giveaway, as well.

“We need the same basic stuff (for the Christmas giveaway),” Farr said.

Volunteers will assemble the food boxes at 11 a.m. Friday and Dec. 16 at 241 Justice Center. Deliveries begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 17.

Along with that, the toys will be given away during the Children’s Toy House from 1-6 p.m. Dec. 19 at Evangelical Free Church at 3000 E. Main St.

“They can start taking toys to the banks after Thanksgiving when they set up the Giving Tree,” Farr said.

Also, the Loaves & Fishes set up Pennies from Heaven cans in various businesses around town to purchase toys for the toy giveaway.

In addition, volunteers are needed to assemble and distribute the holiday food boxes, as well as help with the Children’s Toy House.

To support the Fremont County Holiday Outreach, log on to make secure donations at or or mail them to 241 Justice Center Road, Cañon City, CO 81212.For more information, call 275-0593.

Recycling group adds plastic option for residents

Carie Canterbury
The Daily Record

Fremont County residents wishing to make more of an effort to “go green” are in luck.

Recyclers will serve two good causes when they recycle plastics and other recyclables not currently accepted in the main stream recycling program through a new program spearheaded by Loaves & Fishes and the Upper Arkansas Recycling of Fremont County.

Beginning Wednesday, bags may be purchased that can be filled with plastics numbered one through seven.

“We’re excited,” said Beth Lenz, regional recycling coordinator. “We really are. Just the option to recycle plastic again is wonderful.”

Lenz said the bags are made out of poly-material, a woven like plastic, and they are a little smaller than a gunny sack. They also have a drawstring top, and the bag must be able to close when dropped off. Recyclables will not be accepted if not in a designated bag.

“The bags are going to be $3 and a dollar from every bag will go to Loaves & Fishes,” Lenz said.

The funds collected by Loaves & Fishes will go toward part of the match money for the Transitional Housing grants, said executive director Don Farr.

Once the plastic is rinsed, crushed, bended or twisted, the stuffed bags can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loaves & Fishes, every Wednesday beginning Feb. 9. Individuals can simply drive around to the back of the building to drop off bags. “We Recycle” in Pueblo will pick up the plastics.

“You can fit a lot in those bags,” Lenz said.

Bags will be available for purchase at the Council of Governments, 3224 Independence Rd., and Loaves & Fishes, 241 Justice Center Rd. Additional locations will be added in the next few weeks, Lenz said.

Farr recommends purchasing three or four bags at one time so people won’t run out between Wednesdays.

Lenz also stressed that no Styrofoam will be accepted, such as Styrofoam coffee cups, take-out containers and packing Styrofoam.

“It’s just really hard to find a market for Styrofoam,” she said.

However, there are other items that can be added in the bags in addition to plastics.

“You can put in anything that you can’t recycle at the local recycling drop-off sites,” she said.

Fiber board or paperboard, such as what cereal boxes are made out of, books, magazines and office pack will be accepted, but no hazardous materials.

Lenz said the Fremont County Recycling Program chose to partner with Loaves & Fishes because the two entities work together quite often, and Loaves & Fishes is the original recycler in the community.

“You can bring any of your good, useable items to Loaves & Fishes and other families in need can use those items; I think it’s a good fit,” she said. “It’s a tough time to be a non-profit; coming across any way to make unrestricted funds is a good thing.”

Recycling sites in Fremont County accept newspapers, aluminum and tin cans, and any color of glass, bottle, and jar. Locations are at Alco, behind the municipal museum at Sixth Street and Royal Gorge Blvd., and on Oak Creek Grade Road in Cañon City. In Florence, the collection center is across the street from the fire department, and in Penrose, the recycling site is at Kwik Stop, behind the car wash.

Lenz said containers for corrugated cardboard are behind the municipal museum in Cañon City and at the Florence collection site.

For more information, call Lenz at 275-1675 extension 119, or Farr at 275-0593.

Carie Canterbury may be reached at




I was notified that the Humane Society Shelter House at 110 Rhodes Ave., Canon City is in need of volunteers to walk dogs.
It is so important that the shelter dogs get walked.  It is often the highlight of their day and can make a difference in their
success at getting adopted.   It gives them an opportunity to go potty outside and shows them that someone cares.
It can be hard, but it is such a rewarding job.  Seeing the tails wag and the licks you’re sure to get makes it all worth while.

If you walk anyway it is easy to grab a dog from the shelter and do the riverwalk together.  No one should walk alone.  If you don’t walk it is a wonderful
way to get your daily exercise.

Thank you for your consideration.


3 responses to “Items of Interest

  1. I am looking forward to this summers Farmer’s Market in Canon City. I would not have a problem with the CO-OP or anyone who is connected with Solar* Wind* energy to use our building at 941 Main in Limon Colorado. However pack a lunch as the drive is over two hours. Now I will take this opportunity to let you know that We are starting a (Farmer’s Market ) in Limon Colorado.
    Limon Community Farmer’s Market 941 Main.
    The Market has a Target Date  June 9th  2010.
     The building will accommodate 30 Vendors very comfortably , leaving ample space for pedestrian
    We have two (2) public restrooms.

    The John Wayne Parking Lot provides an open air exposure to traffic on Main/highway 24.

     E-Avenue leads to City Hall through the Business District.

    The Limon Community Farmer’s Market,941 Main is located in the Middle of the High Plains of Colorado.

     The towns include an area of 65 to 75 Miles, that are cumulative in population.

    Off street parking at the back of the property, including side streets make the location easy to approach.

     We look forward to a great year.

     We promise a large number of Happy People will attend the Farmer’s Market in Limon Colorado.
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