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"Can Union Cooperatives Save Democracy?"

An excellent and lengthy essay, Can Union Cooperatives Save Democracy? has just been posted by John Clay at his Democratic Promise website. Clay covers many issues around formation of...

12 Jul 2013 • Endcap Articles
Self-Financing Tool: Direct Public Offerings

What do the following have in common?  Real Pickles, a new worker cooperative in Massachusetts; Arroyo Food Co-op, a startup in Pasadena, Cal.; and People’s Community Market in Oakland...

02 Aug 2013 • Endcap Articles
New Co-op Conversion Case Study

A new publication provides a very informative look at converting an existing store to a community-based cooperative.  Locate this free pdf at: http://www.foodcoopinitiative.coop/content/co-op...

09 Aug 2013 • Endcap Articles
"Drift": GMO Thriller by Co-op Author

Set against the backdrop of turmoil in America’s food system, Drift, a thriller about GMOs (genetically modified organisms), has been written by Jon McGoran, a longtime Weavers Way Co-op...

26 Aug 2013 • Endcap Articles
Action Needed to Save Organic Programs

The National Organic Coalition is urging supporters of organics to demand that crucial funds for organic programs be included in any Farm Bill action this year:  see www....

12 Sep 2013 • Endcap Articles
Ten Ways to Democratize the Economy

The Democracy Collaborative continues to issue valuable summaries of current efforts to build economic institutions and policies that will serve communities in a democratic manner.  Gar...

25 Sep 2013 • Endcap Articles
Organic Standards Undermined During Government Standoff

A key National Organic Standards Board meeting and discussions scheduled for October 17 have been cancelled.  Meanwhile, the USDA-controlled National Organic Program is making another attempt...

15 Oct 2013 • Endcap Articles
Washington Labeling Initiative Fails

Although the final count is not in, here’s an initial report – http://grist.org/food/washington-gmo-labeling-initiative-flames-out/ – on the vote in Washington, where Measure 522...

06 Nov 2013 • Endcap Articles
Deadline for FMSA Comments Extended to November 22

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) threatens many small producers with food safety requirements more appropriate for much larger processors.  The deadline for comments has been extended...

07 Nov 2013 • Endcap Articles
Robynn Shrader: New Head of Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) has announced that its chief executive officer, Robynn Shrader, has been elected president of Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide (CCW), a sectoral...

22 Nov 2013 • Endcap Articles
The Commons and Co-operative Commonwealth

The 19th century cooperative movement also originated the cooperative land trust.  Both are part of longstanding campaigns to preserve the commons and the commonwealth against private...

04 Dec 2013 • Endcap Articles
Financing the New Economy

An excellent report and overview appeared in a recent issue of Dollars and Sense and may be found on its website:  http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2013/1113scher.html.  Written...

20 Dec 2013 • Endcap Articles
Exploring Co-op Potential with John Restakis

Two sources of excellent examples and thoughtful questions about cooperatives and their potential:  John Restakis, author of Humanizing the Economy: Cooperatives in the Age of Capital and of...

13 Jan 2014 • Endcap Articles
TPP: Poison for Community Resilience

Congress is being asked to “fast-track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would prevent many of its outrageous provisions, designed by and for multinational corporations, from...

16 Jan 2014 • Endcap Articles
Fire Damages Sioux Falls Food Co-op
by Dan Nordley

The Co-op Natural Foods Store in Sioux Falls suffered a devasting fire early on Sunday.

This from the Argus Leader newspaper account:

Authorities say a Sioux Falls business...

20 Jan 2014 • Endcap Articles
Examining a Bankruptcy at Mondragon

A valuable discussion by members of GEO (Grassroots Economic Organizing) and readers of its website examines why a key company comprising part of the world’s strongest worker-owned complex...

27 Jan 2014 • Endcap Articles
Farm Bill Gains and Missed Opportunities

Local and regional food systems, organics, healthy food access, and rural development all received improved funding under the new farm bill as well as suffered from missed opportunities in the...

14 Feb 2014 • Endcap Articles
Maine Food Co-ops: Tide is Up!
by Dave Gutknecht

An impressive surge of expansion and new food co-ops is happening in many areas, and Maine is a great example.  The number of food co-ops in the state will soon double over recent years, it...

12 Mar 2014 • Endcap Articles
Of Kale and Capital: Go Co-op!

Trust, local investment, and a strong and supportive food co-op. The down-to-earth details of building local food relationships are nicely reported in an article from Kalamazoo, Michigan. ...

25 Mar 2014 • Endcap Articles
New Study: Twin Cities Co-op Local Food System

Just published: a new, in-depth look at food co-ops in the greater metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul area and their local food system, from member-owners to retailers to producers.  It is...

15 Apr 2014 • Endcap Articles
Sustainability Report Highlights Organics, Co-ops

Efforts to reduce waste and energy consumption in the supply chain are detailed in a new report from the Sustainable Food Trade Association http://www.sustainablefoodtrade.org.  64 SFTA...

01 May 2014 • Endcap Articles
50 New Food Co-ops in 5 Years!

New food co-ops continue their very strong growth, with more than 50 new cooperatives opening stores since 2009 – and more opening in 2014.  These groups are located all over the U.S....

18 May 2014 • Endcap Articles
Co-op Heroes Recognized

Hosted by the Cooperative Development Foundation, the Cooperative Hall of Fame gives the highest recognition among U.S.

20 May 2014 • Endcap Articles
Not Simple to Grow the Cooperative Economy

The Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland has gotten a lot of notice for its vision of urban revitalization based on a complex of worker cooperatives in partnership with supportive local...

02 Jun 2014 • Endcap Articles
Elinor Ostrom, the Commons, and Anti-Capitalism

A helpful introduction to Elinor Ostrom's writings on the commons is found in a comment by Derek Wall at STIR, a site focused on “Co-ops. Community.

10 Jun 2014 • Endcap Articles