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Poison Pesticides Undermine Organic Health
by Dave Gutknecht

New studies and a documentary reinforce a key organic message: pesticides are damaging to children and adults.

Education and marketing are never-ending challenges. Organic food production...

25 Apr 2011 • Endcap Articles
New Study: A Manual for Multi-Stakeholder Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-ops typically have hundreds or thousands of consumer owners. But there can be other stakeholders, and a number of food cooperatives, including both new and established businesses, share...

25 Apr 2011 • Endcap Articles
The legend of Toyohiko Kagawa lives on

The Co-op Food Store in Hanover, NH, held its third annual Co-op Expo on April 30, and was honored to present a lecture by author and cooperator David Thompson. Learn more and listen to the...

06 May 2011 • Endcap Articles
Wendell Berry: "Local Adaptation is Work for Everybody"

Author Wendell Berry gave the following brief but profound observations at "The Future of Food," a conference sponsored by the Washington Post.

(For recordings of this speech, plus...

09 May 2011 • Endcap Articles
Co-operative Farms Acts to Protect Bees
by Dave Gutknecht

The Co-operative Group, the U.K. consumer cooperative featured elsewhere on this page and in the current issue of Cooperative Grocer, has launched an ambitious new drive to protect bees and other...

25 May 2011 • Endcap Articles
Congressional Cuts "Breathtaking" in Their Recklessness

Here is the latest from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition from Washington (, and it's not pretty:

25 May 2011 • Endcap Articles
New Economy Gains Traction

An excellent summary of organizations and ideas that are contributing to a new economy – based on cooperatives, wealth sharing, and conservation of resources – appears in both The Nation (June 13...

31 May 2011 • Endcap Articles
Fukushima Radiation Reaches U.S. Food Supply
by Dave Gutknecht

The devastating effects of the core fuel meltdown in at least three nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima site are not limited to the immediate region – where many will suffer from its radiation,...

02 Jun 2011 • Endcap Articles
E. Coli: The problem is industrial livestock
by Dave Gutknecht

Don’t blame the sprouts. The E. coli strain causing death and illness in Germany, and other strains, originate in livestock and typically are spread through improper handling of manure. Two...

08 Jun 2011 • Endcap Articles
Meat and Dairy Illustrate Resource Limits: EWG Report
by Dave Gutknecht

Even as co-ops and other local food providers promote meat and dairy from pastured livestock, these advocates are confronted with drawbacks to a diet centered on those resource-intensive foods. “...

19 Jul 2011 • Endcap Articles
Social Justice and New Food Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

Jobs and access to food are urgent needs in many communities. Two new and thought-provoking articles examine how social justice organizations are taking innovative paths to new co-op formation,...

18 Aug 2011 • Endcap Articles
Small Farms Create More Jobs
by Dave Gutknecht

Gene Logsdon is a wise and delightful writer on food and farming. Author of “The Contrary Farmer” essay collection, he also maintains a website under that name:

14 Sep 2011 • Endcap Articles
Just Label It – We Have a Right to Know
by Dave Gutknecht

The campaign to require labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering is more powerful than ever. In early October a broad coalition of organizations ( put the FDA and...

10 Oct 2011 • Endcap Articles
IYC Message from Pauline Green

Pauline Green, president of the International Cooperative Alliance, in early January released a message about the International Year of Cooperatives. It was published through the "Guardian/UK"...

08 Jan 2012 • Endcap Articles
America Beyond Capitalism

In a recent article in "Dollars and Sense," Gar Alperovitz presents cooperative enterprise, especially worker-owned co-ops, along with other methods of democratizing capital -- an essential...

09 Jan 2012 • Endcap Articles
An Italian View of "Co-op: Made in USA"
by Dave Gutknecht

A new publication presents a dossier on U.S. worker-owned and consumer co-ops in the U.S. Written by Enrico Massetti, an Italian who has lived in the United States for the last 30 years, "Co-op:...

08 Mar 2012 • Endcap Articles
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
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: 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