At Earth's General Store we offer visitors information and products that will help them reduce their ecological and social impact on the planet and all inhabitants. We are a distributor of information and knowledge, encouraging people to consume less, consume wisely, consume locally, consume fairly and love lots more! We do this by offering items that have beneficial advantages - local, certified organic, Fair Trade Certified, in bulk (less packaging), water and energy efficiency products, information, and support to act! We are attempting to offer a way of life that is balanced and respectful of the planet and all its creatures. I know this sounds a little wishy washy but I believe that is our ultimate goal in life - do as little harm as possible and leave the world better than when we arrived. One of the intimate ways that we interact with the environment is through the food we eat. We have the power to choose food that has less impact on the environment, society and other beings. We can eat less meat, choose food that is grown locally and organically and to buy in bulk. In February 2010 Earth’s General Store moved and expand our inventory to include food products. We now offer fresh, packaged, chilled and frozen organic products. We are a real Health Food Store - offering healthy food for your body, your spirit and the planet. We continue to carry the products that we have offered the citizens of Edmonton since 1991 like worms for composting, cloth diapers for the green parents, animal free personal care products, and reusable menstrual products. We have the most experience of any store or organization in Edmonton on green lifestyle. If you want to help make the world a better place Earth’s General Store may be of great assistance to help you along the path.

Price Comparison for Planet Organic and Earth's General Store

The other week I was in Safeway and decided to gather pricing for the organic items they carried and then I compared it to the prices in Earth’s General Store. You can see this blog here.

Many people have remarked about our lower prices (especially bulk) when compared to Planet Organic so earlier this week (I have not been to their store since last fall) I went and spent some time (an hour or so) walking around their store and recording prices.

Anyway. I wrote down quite an extensive list and I produced a spreadsheet of their prices as of Tuesday, March 15th, 2011. I just finished entering in our prices.

As with the Safeway price comparison we certainly have the best prices on organic herbs and spices, coffee (Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic – and our coffee is roasted fresh right here at our store), and bulk grains and beans.

Price Comparison on Over 50 Products from Safeway - Earth's General Store Compares VERY Favourably

My son Timothy is now 16 and a half years old and I suspect he will be wanting to move into his own place in a few years or so. To give him some idea of the costs of living on your own and to prepare him we created a list of products that he figured that he would use during a normal week. This list included toilet paper, dish washing liquid, fresh fruit, pasta, breakfast cereal, cheese, bread, peanut butter, pasta sauce, etc. He did not include any meat in his list nor did he add it when we were at the store.

Last Wednesday evening we went over to Safeway at Bonnie Doon to do a store tour and to price out his list. We did product comparisons of by unit weight or volume to see whether he was getting value for his money.

I choose Safeway since it was close to our home and he and his friends would likely use it when they are purchasing their food when they have their own place. I would hope that he would choose to support the farmer’s market and organic stores but that will be his choice when he comes to that point.

Pesticide Ban in Edmonton? Unfortunately Probably Not!

Well it doesn’t look good for another proposal for a pesticide ban in the city of Edmonton. It would seem that the city is more concerned about possibly saving money rather than protecting the well being of the citizens. We need to break out of the thinking that these poisons are safe. Poisons are not safe when used in the ambient environment – they move around and get into the rivers, air and tiny bodies where they spread their toxic dose.

I believe that if we apply the Precautionary Principle to pesticides then there would be an outright ban on pesticides used for cosmetic reasons.

It is a sad situation that it will likely be the provincial government that will lead Albertans to a less toxic future and not the municipal governments – this way they can say they didn’t do it if a citizen complains.

City council needs to have the balls/ovaries to act for what is best for the health of our citizens and the local environment.

“Just Like Sugar” - Chicory Based Sugar Substitute

A person phoned me a couple of weeks ago inquiring whether we carry “Just Like Sugar” Sweetener – we didn’t. They wanted it because some diabetic people can use it as a sugar substitute. I figured I would bring it in as an option for people and to add to the other sweetener options – raw blue agave, stevia (packaged and bulk), xylitol (packaged and bulk), Sucanat (packaged and bulk), Muscavado Sugar, Gold Cane Sugar (packaged and bulk) and Dark Brown Sugar (like a Demarara Sugar).

We now have “Just Like Sugar”  on our shelves in the sweetener section of the store.

Saving Money With Organics

Some people in our society say that purchasing organic is too expensive my response has been conventional food is too cheap. The conventional food industry tries to produce a commodity for as little cost as possible, being competitive in the marketplace and making as much profit for their corporation as possible.

There are some big players in the organic food industry and not everything is produced with as little ecological footprint as possible or even ethically but I believe it is better than the alternative.

There are several ways that people can eat organic while reducing the costs. These ‘rules’ apply not only to organic but also the conventional food system.

Earth's General Store Idle Free Zone Parking Lot

Media Advisory

February 8th, 2011

Local Store Creates Idle Free Zone Parking Lot


Edmonton – On February 2nd, 2011 Earth’s General Store erected ‘Idle Free Zone’ signs around their parking lot to let vehicle operators know that they should consider the health of the community before leaving their vehicle running while they are visiting the store.


“It looks like city council is not going create an excessive idling bylaw which will make Edmonton a healthier city therefore we need to independently create awareness and idling free zones and hopefully this will bring about change in our community,” says Earth's General Store owner Michael Kalmanovitch.

New 35% Hydrogen Peroxide 4 Litres Size!

The sales of Hydrogen Peroxide from Gold Top Organics has been going well since we started to bring this item into the store – surprisingly well in fact. Quite a few people purchased several bottles at a time and inquired about larger sizes being available.

On our latest order I brought in 4 Litre jugs of the 35% Hydrogen Peroxide. This will save people about 10% over purchasing this amount in the 1 Litre containers.

- Posted Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Bulk Purchases Are Available - Save Money

Before I expanded the store to include food I would purchase bags of rice and popcorn in large 25 pound( 11.34kg) bags. Over the past year several people have come into the store and asked – do we sell bags of grains, cases of beans, etc? The answer is yes!

When people order products in case lots we give them a 5% discount. If you wish to know what something will cost multiply the kilogramme price (or individual item) by the number of units in a case/bag.

So if you are interested in saving a bit of money on certified organic products come in, phone (780-439-8725) or email (egs at – remove spaces and put the usual @ symbol between egs and shawbiz) an order in and we will let you know when it is ready for pick up. The usual turn around is one week.

- Posted Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Expanded Herbal Tea Selection

A week ago a customer mentioned that we don’t have a great selection of herbal tea (caffeine free). Well I promptly ordered in several bulk teas from one of our suppliers and now I think we have a pretty decent selection. Of course my selection was somewhat curtailed to items that were certified organic.

The new teas (herbal and green) I ordered in and are on the shelf in our ‘tea land’ area and are:

No Junk Mail Stickers and Information from Earth's General Store

It is one of those subjects where just about everyone has some emotional response to – JUNK imageMAIL! Bring it up at a party and you are sure to start a conversation. My experience is that only about 1-2% of people like getting junk mail and 2 - 3% of people really dislike it and the balance are ambivalent – taking no action either way.

One of the tools that usually works is a sign on your mail box to let the carrier know you do not wish to receive unaddressed mailings (flyers, handbills, solicitations, etc). These can be as simple as a hand written request or metal signs from a hardware store. No matter what the form of your sign it depends on the respect that the carrier gives your request. Flyer delivery people are paid by the number of flyers that they deliver and quite often do not heed signs.