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Flash Back, Flash Forward
by Dave Gutknecht

Events are accelerating. Recently, discussing the early years of many of today's food co-ops, a friend remarked how much faster things seem to be occurring. The pace of change can also reveal the...

16 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
From the Mouths of Babes
by Ava Churchill

 

 

 

 

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Keeping Our Principles

 

Dear Editor,

I was extremely relieved to see a follow-up article, "‘Flexible or Flawed' Co-op Laws," in the January issue of the Cooperative Grocer making the point...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Supporting the Bowers Fund and Co-op Emergency Fund
by Ellen Quinn

Thanks to food co-ops for your support of the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) Howard Bowers Fund in 2010!  Education and training are essential for thriving co-ops, and the Bowers...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Retail Organic Certification
by Susan Stewart

Based on the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, the National Organic Program (NOP) was put into effect in October 2002. As rules go, the organic rule, fondly known as Title 7 Part 205, is...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Defending Organic Against the GE Alfalfa Threat
by Robynn Shrader

Members of the sustainable food movement are furious and, frankly, we have a right to be. Last month's decision by the USDA to fully deregulate genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa isn't just a...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Making Your Case
by Mark Mulcahy

Have you had a good idea that you let percolate for a while, shaping and reshaping it in your mind? Then you run it by a few workmates, until you believe it is solid and are ready to bring to your...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Eat Local, America!
by Jeanne Lakso

From Maine to Florida and Bozeman to Chico, approximately 40 co-ops around the country took part in the 2010 Eat Local, America! campaign to celebrate local food and local producers. Last year...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Food Movies Worth Watching
by Carol Spurling

You and many of your co-op's members and ­customers have perhaps seen Food, Inc., King Corn, The Future of Food, and Supersize Me. More than any other movies released in the past decade, these...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Teaching Kids: Food Education in America
by Julie Cross

If you're reading this during store hours, chances are that someone at your co-op is teaching a kid about food right now. Truth be told, it's actually more difficult to avoid teaching kids about...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Step by Step, Creating a Cooperative Economy
by Adam Schwartz

From my vantage point, too many dollars flow out of cooperatively owned businesses into investor-held businesses, either in the form of purchases or investments.

Is your cooperative...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Precautions and Protections
by Thane Joyal

As cooperative directors, it's important that we know our jobs. Some parts of that job are personal to us: we bring interests, skills, and perspectives that make our contributions unique. It's our...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Precautions and Protections
by Dave Swanson

As cooperative directors, it's important that we know our jobs. Some parts of that job are personal to us: we bring interests, skills, and perspectives that make our contributions unique. It's our...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
More on New "Co-op" Laws
by Dave Gutknecht

Defending the brand and principles of cooperatives in light of new laws:

Adding to recent contributions in Cooperative Grocer on new laws which allow a greater role for private investors in...

24 Mar 2011 • Endcap Articles
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
In a Food and Fuel Fix
by Dave Gutknecht

Local food projects highlighted in these pages are essential components of a future that in many ways will be much more constrained, requiring us to come closer to living within resource limits....

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
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
Reaching the College Crowd
by Mari Roseman

Like no other generation, Gen Y gets the green movement. They've grown up with terms such as going green, triple bottom line, sustainable, organic, local. And Gen Y (generally defined as those...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Food For Change Movie Needs Co-op Support
by Staff

More than 30 co-ops in 18 states have contributed to a unique film documentary about food co-ops, local economies, and food security. Food For Change is a work in progress that focuses on the role...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
The New Co-op Kids on the Block
by Stuart Reid

When Food Co-op 500 was founded in late 2004, it took its name from Marilyn Scholl's challenge to the co-op community to build our sector to 500 storefronts within the next 10 years. The new wave...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Location, Location, Location
by Debbie Suassuna

When selecting a natural food co-op store location, there are a number of characteristics that can add to, or detract from, the store's opportunity for success or failure. This article is the...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Partnering Locally for a Food-Secure World
by Brwyn Griffin

Food production and water are current issues for many regional planning commissioners who are awake, including ours in Jefferson County, Wash., where The Food Co-op is located. As the price of...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Saving One Farm at a Time
by Paul Cultrera

Like most food cooperatives, the Sacramento and Davis co-ops have longstanding and strong commitments to purchasing from and supporting local farms. And they realize that local farmland is under...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Supporting Small Farms, Teaching Organic Agriculture
by Mel Lions

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op began its partnerships with small organic farms in 1998 when it sponsored a farmer to attend The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Supporting Small Farms, Teaching Organic Agriculture
by Heather Weightman

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op began its partnerships with small organic farms in 1998 when it sponsored a farmer to attend The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011