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Visioning a Better Future of Business

Advocates of cooperatives need allies with compatible visions of social change – including, most challengingly, visions that assume limits to growth and capital.  The search for more...

02 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Looking at Energy Use in the Food System

These days we’re all learning about our energy supply, whether or not we have expected those lessons, and that includes advocates for a healthier food supply.  For a broad overview of...

13 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Looking at Energy Use in the Food System

These days, we’re all learning about our energy supply, whether we expected to or not -- and that includes advocates of a healthier food supply.  

Here is a link to the Post-...

13 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Organic Valley Headquarters Closed by Fire

Updates at bottom:  On May 14, a fire badly damaged the headquarters of Organic Valley in La Farge, Wisconsin.  No one was injured, according to LaCrosse news station http://...

15 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Rebecca Dunn Inducted to Cooperative Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Rebecca Dunn, who was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame on May 8.  Dunn, the executive director of the Cooperative Fund of New England for the past 27 years, was...

17 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
"Food for Change" Documentary Nears Completion

A new feature film on co-op history and today’s food co-ops is nearing completion.  With some 35 co-ops already contributing support for production of “Food for Change” and...

23 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Public Ownership: "Socialism, American Style"

If cooperatives are an essential component of a fair economy, public ownership has an even bigger role.  Think essential infrastructure and services:  roads, water and other utilities,...

23 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
GMO Contamination: It's not the first time

In late May the USDA announced that unapproved genetically modified (GMO) wheat has been discovered in a field in Oregon, which is a major wheat exporter – yet no GMO wheat has been approved...

30 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Websites on Food System Environmental Impacts

An excellent listing of 15 websites that focus on the food system and its environmental impacts is available from, a nonprofit dedicated to improving those impacts:  http://...

25 Jun 2013 • Endcap Articles
"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:

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 – – 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:  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