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Monkey Free Coconut Oil

So you would think that coconut oil might be free of animal involvement. As it turns out there are many companies/suppliers that are using monkeys to go up the trees and knock down the coconuts where their human masters are waiting. At Earth’s General Store we carry Monkey Free Coconut Oil. I have received a […]



Michael’s Guide to Winter Cycling in Edmonton

It is inevitable – winter is coming. Along with winter comes winter cycling. To do or not to do? So I put together this guide to winter cycling in Edmonton. Most people that consider to bicycle commute through the winter months already bicycle commute. Winter cycling is a natural extension of their summer cycling. The […]



Water Our Trees for Winter and a Healthier Edmonton #WaterOurTreesYEG

It has been a really wonderful summer this year but it has been very dry. Our trees are very thirsty. It is time to Water Our Trees! Trees are VERY important to the liveability, the ecological integrity and the beauty of our city. They are under stress and we have the capacity to help them […]



Comments on Alberta Minimum Wage

Being a small business owner since 1991 and a business that I believe is more socially based than most, I would like to offer my perspective on the Alberta minimum wage. (This blog post is in response to an article in the Edmonton Journal on June 29th, 2015, “Impact of unprecedented Alberta minimum wage increase disputed.” I was not able to post there since my response was too long.)



Litter – be the change!

Such a small piece it won’t matter – right? Well all those little pieces not only add up to be an unsightly mess but they can end up killing people and animals Don’t discard litter – put it in its proper place. Prevention is best. If you can avoid taking another plastic bag, another disposable […]



Earth’s General Store – An Update and Ramblings About our Business Model

The other week, when a regular customer heard that we were opening up a second store, he expressed a word of caution. He said that many businesses fail when they expand to a second store. We look like a store, we smell like a store, we operate like a store but we are more than a store. The business is just our vehicle to promote a healthier, more balanced, and more respectful way of operating in the world. I am blessed that so many people want to be involved in this journey – staff and customers.



“Certified Organic” and GMOs

A woman was in the store last week who had just come over here from Planet Organic, where she had asked this same question of two of their staff. ‘Do your products contain GMOs?’ One person told her that if it contained corn from the USA it had GMO even if it was labelled organic. The other person said that if it were labelled organic or NON-GMO Project Verified it does not have GMO ingredients. She was confused with their answer and came over to ask me. I think she was pleased with the thoroughness of my answer.



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