Food Cooperatives

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"Food Cooperatives: these organizations are one alternative to the giant, vertically-integrated food corporations. Food cooperatives are owned by the customers, who can receive price discounts by volunteering time, and can participate in the governance of the business. They are able to establish equitable or integrated relationships with food producers such as local family farmers, or fair trade producers and brokers. Many have unconventional methods of distribution, including drop-off days, home delivery, or “pick-your-own” visits to farms. Food coops are quite common, especially in large university communities in the US, but still leave much room for expansion and increased appeal to draw in a large sector of the market." (

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