Domestic Fair Trade Association
Advocates for a fair, equitable, and sustainable agricultural system that supports family-scale farms, farmer-led initiatives such as farmer co-ops, just conditions for workers, and organic agriculture.
Fair Trade USA
An independent, third party certifier of Fair Trade practices in the U.S. They verify that the farmers who produce Fair Trade Certified products are paid a fair price.
An international human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political and social justice. Founded in 1988, they have increased the US public’s global awareness while building partnerships worldwide.
A confederation of 12 organizations working together as a global campaign force in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.
Sustainable Food Trade Association
SFTA serves as a hub for the organic food trade to learn, improve performance, communicate results, and to share common metrics and best practices in sustainable business models. The Co-op is a member and reports annually to the SFTA. Read our Sustainability Report.
We are the only Energy Star certified grocery stores in Washington state.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Supports positive change in local communities. Believing that all sustainability is local, they build upon the natural stewardship that local business owners have for their hometown.
A Bellingham-based business network establishing and supporting a local living economy that sustains itself, our community, and a healthy environment.
Organic Trade Association
A membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. Their mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade.
Organic Consumers Association
A public interest organization dedicated to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. They are a global clearinghouse for information and grassroots technical assistance.”
Agricultural Research Service
The USDA’s main in-house scientific research agency. They work on solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Educates the public on the importance of a sustainable food and agriculture system that is economically viable, environmentally sound, socially just, and humane.
Informs, encourages, equips, and inspires farmers with “farmer-to-farmer know-how.” Their goal is to assist and witness the emergence of 100,000 organic farmers in the U.S. and 1 million organic farmers worldwide, by the year 2013.
This user-friendly site for consumers provides unbiased, objective information on new organic products, emerging organic trends, and regulatory information.
Provides networking, outreach, and education to natural foods and related companies doing business in the Northwest. Members currently represent nearly 200 retailers, distributors, manufacturers, brokers, consultants, and individuals from the Northwest.
National Cooperative Business Association
Presents information about cooperatives to help people understand how they can use the cooperative model to improve their lives and their communities.
Provides economic strategies, organizing power, and practical tools for businesses and individuals to address social and environmental problems. They are a leading force in educating and empowering people and businesses to make significant improvements through the economic system.
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC)
Established in 1962, the UWCC is one of the oldest cooperative centers in the country. It strives to study, promote, and research cooperative action as a means of meeting the economic and social needs of people.
A consumer website developed by National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) for the “virtual chain” of more than 100 retail food co-ops nationwide. Includes tips for eating locally and sustainably, as well as information about cooperatives and topics within the industry.
Environmental Working Group
Environmental Working Group empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. They research and publish consumer guides including the annual Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists, Skindeep Guide to Cosmetics, Guide to Healthy Cleaning, and Sunscreen Guide.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
A consumer advocacy organization that conducts innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and provides consumers with current, useful information about their health and well being.
American Dietetic Association—Eat Right
Nearly 70,000 members, the nation’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well being.
Tufts University Nutrition Navigator
An online rating and review guide. This site can help you sort through the large volume of nutrition information on the internet and find accurate, useful nutrition information you can trust.
Delicious Living Magazine
A natural food magazine distributed throughout natural food stores.
National Health Association
Promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet by providing educational materials, educational events, and services.
A goldmine of good health information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions. Information that is authoritative and up to date for health professionals and consumers.
Vegetarian Resource Group
Educates the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger.
Produce for Better Health Foundation
Serves as a catalyst for creating a healthier America through increased consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion
An agency of USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, works to improve the health and well being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.
Nourish Interactive – Fun Nutrition Games For Kids
A free one-stop resource created by nutrition and health care professionals for fun nutrition games for kids, and interactive nutrition tools and tips for parents and health educators to use to promote healthy living for families. Available in both English and Spanish. Nutrition printables for kids.