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Fresh Foods, Fresh Questions
by Dave Gutknecht

Growth in fresh food sales – and “fresh packaged” – is at the heart of recent comments from the Hartman Group, a leading analyst of the natural/organic grocery industry whose research has...

25 Mar 2012 • Endcap Articles
Bill Gessner Joins Cooperative Hall of Fame
by Dave Gutknecht

Many readers of this site will recognize Bill Gessner’s name from his many past contributions to food co-ops, both through Cooperative Grocer and directly at scores of co-ops where he has...

08 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
Canada's Impressive Co-operative Sector
by Dave Gutknecht

Canada’s co-ops certainly are leaders in North American cooperative circles. One-third of all its citizens are members of one of Canada’s credit unions. Canada’s 9,000 co-ops dot the landscape...

31 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
Cooperative Ownership Gaining Attention

The flowering of new worker-owned cooperatives and other innovative forms of economic democracy is slowly gaining more attention in various cities and through diverse media channels. One such...

31 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
Cooperative Grocer Magazine transferred to CGIN
by Dan Nordley

To the delight of the almost seventy people attending the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network annual meeting at CCMA in Philadelphia in June 2012, it was announced that the National...

20 Jun 2012 • Endcap Articles
Follow the Farm Bill at sustainableagriculture.net
by Dave Gutknecht

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) continues to provide current and complete information on the Farm Bill as it moves through Congress: www.sustainableagriculture.net. This...

14 Jul 2012 • Endcap Articles
Credit Unions Seek Senate Support
by Dave Gutknecht

Urge your senators to listen to the credit unions -- the ones with the plan for helping small business and our nation's economic recovery. That’s the message from the CEO of the Credit...

20 Jul 2012 • Endcap Articles
"The Cooperative Turn"
by Dave Gutknecht

A new article, subtitled "Building the right kind of autonomy," provides an excellent overview of what cooperatives can offer a world that is in economic crisis. "The Cooperative Turn," written...

04 Aug 2012 • Endcap Articles
New Study on Impact of Food Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

A fascinating and detailed look at the impact of food co-ops has just been released by the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). Available as a pdf, this 21-page report compares co-op...

06 Aug 2012 • Endcap Articles
Food Co-ops and Natural Foods Retailers Raise the Bar on Hershey
by Dave Gutknecht

Forty-one consumer food co-ops and natural foods retailers operating 62 stores released an open letter on August 23 to the Hershey Company, demanding that Hershey take action to end child slave...

30 Aug 2012 • Endcap Articles
Fair Trade Fight Featured in the Nation
by Dave Gutknecht

The U.S. fair trade world has been in a state of division for quite some time. The Nation magazine in its September 10, 2012 issue has published a full-length story.  

30 Aug 2012 • Endcap Articles
Organic Food is About Public Health
by Dave Gutknecht

Reducing the significance of organic food to its “healthiness” is a bit like reducing politics to a matter of “truthiness.” The recent Stanford University study (September...

07 Sep 2012 • Endcap Articles
Accounting Best Practices Primer Now Available
by Bruce Mayer

Accounting Best Practices for Food Co-ops: A Primer is now available, an excellent and concise (14-page) summary in four sections:  balance sheet, income statement, internal control, and cash...

15 Nov 2012 • Endcap Articles
Accounting Best Practices Primer Now Available
by Peg Nolan

Accounting Best Practices for Food Co-ops: A Primer is now available, an excellent and concise (14-page) summary in four sections:  balance sheet, income statement, internal control, and cash...

15 Nov 2012 • Endcap Articles
Accounting Best Practices Primer Now Available
by Steve Wolfe

Accounting Best Practices for Food Co-ops: A Primer is now available, an excellent and concise (14-page) summary in four sections:  balance sheet, income statement, internal control, and cash...

15 Nov 2012 • Endcap Articles
Resources from International Co-op Summits

Cooperators everywhere can view online presentations and research delivered at major international cooperative meetings held in late 2012. The International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City,...

25 Dec 2012 • Endcap Articles
My Co-op Rocks! Winners Available

Now available for online viewing are winners of an annual contest sponsored by several leading cooperatives that generates imaginative tributes to cooperatives.

The My Co-op Rocks Video +...

27 Dec 2012 • Endcap Articles
Terrible Fix, Farm Bill in "Uncharted Territory"

The nine-month “fix” in the farm bill is worse than nothing.  With the last-minute approval of this compromise, largely without debate, we lost relatively inexpensive yet...

21 Jan 2013 • Endcap Articles
National Co-op Development Act Proposed

The National Cooperative Development Act of 2011 needs the support of the public and members of Congress – see http://www.campaign.coop/.  The bill promotes job creation and economic...

06 Feb 2013 • Endcap Articles
Survey of Co-op Potential in "Yes" Magazine

"A Cooperative Economy" is the theme of "Yes!" magazine's spring 2013 issue: http://www.yesmagazine.org -- covering such examples as worker ownership, food co-ops and...

11 Feb 2013 • Endcap Articles
"Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers" Published

In mid-February a major new study was released by the Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds.  Available for free download at http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org, the 50-page document,...

16 Feb 2013 • Endcap Articles
Building the GMO Labeling Campaign

The growing demand for labeling that identifies genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) lost the California referendum but will be on the ballot later this year in the state of Washington. ...

11 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade

The International Cooperative Alliance has produced an impressive document that follows upon the International Year of Cooperatives.  Follow this link, http://ica.coop/en/media/library/member...

17 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
Isla Vista Food Co-op Purchases Its Home

Through a grassroots funding campaign, along with lender support from NCB (National Co-op Bank) and NCDF (Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund), the Isla Vista Food Co-op has recently been...

21 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
A Credible Alternative to the Current Economic System

A TED presentation in the U.K. by Shane Hughes, titled “The Unstoppable Rise of a Collaborative Economy,” argued for the combination of a cooperative economy, a collaborative economy,...

08 Apr 2013 • Endcap Articles