Proposal: The Delridge Produce Co-operative will best serve the community by maintaining greatest stocking priority for an outstanding selection of fresh fruits and vegetables over: grains, processed foods, and animal-based foods.
It's generally accepted that a healthy diet includes very few items like sugar, cheese, bread, pasta, and meat - and that it's best to eat as much of fresh fruit and vegetables as possible. Around the world, the only diet factor that is recommended by all is 'fresh fruits and vegetables.' If you ask a doctor what the healthiest foods are, the response will invariably include the phrase, 'fresh fruits and vegetables.' Ask a licensed nutritionist, or even the USDA; and the most common answer to the question, "What should I eat more of?" will be, "Fresh fruits and vegetables."
When employees of the co-op sell whole foods, they can be confident that their work is improving the community's health. With the uncertainty surrounding healthy diets, it's a better 'health bet' to import an entire shipment of exotic vegetables from Africa than to sell a single pound of pasta. In fact, there is a significant portion of the population with a demand for such produce, and they are not currently being served in greater Seattle. We should meet that need, and fill that market niche, before we provide items which are less certain to be healthy.