Co-ops' Global Identity

The international cooperative domain name, .coop, has now been joined to a cooperative marque or brand with the same letters.  Our national cross-sector cooperative trade organization, NCBA CLUSA, is promoting this with “Seven reasons to adopt the global cooperative identity”:

•It’s ethical – shows that you align with cooperative values.

•Only co-ops and those serving co-ops can use the online co-op identity and the co-op marque.

•Stand out on the web – the .coop domain name is unique. Read more »

Study Reaffirmed: Roundup-Ready GMO corn causes serious health damage

A 2012 study that identified serious health effects from feeding GMO (genetically modified organisms) corn and the Monsanto corporation’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup has been strongly reaffirmed.  The original paper, written by Prof. Read more »

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. Read more »

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 institutions.  But most of the praise of the Evergreen project has been based on shared enthusiasm for the values and intentions rather than its actual accomplishments.  Five years after the project’s founding, there is adequate evidence for a more realistic appraisal.  The earlier enthusiasm has been tempered by the difficulties of launching capital-intensive industries where Read more »

Co-op Heroes Recognized

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

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. Read more »

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 member companies strongly emphasize organics and include cooperatives Organic Valley, PCC Natural Markets, New Pioneer, Hanover, Wedge, Outpost, Bluff Country, Chico Natural Foods, and others.  The second annual “Member Sustainability Progress Report” is available at the http://www.susta Read more »

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 available for download (pdf) at www.cdsus.coop.  Cooperative Development Services (CDS) is the publisher, and the authors are Joan Stockinger of CDS and Dave Gutknecht of Cooperative Grocer Network.   The study was funded by a grant from Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Read more »

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.  Expanded hoop-house production is bringing more high-quality, local food to a small farm’s customers and to the Kalamazoo food co-op: http://swmichigan.secondwavemedia.com/features/Of-Kale-and-Capital-How-greens-grow-in--winter-0306.aspxRead more »

Maine Food Co-ops: Tide is Up!

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 appears.  The growth and new energy are being driven by the values and motivations that are widespread among cooperatives:  quality good and services, strong support of local producers and economy, and fair and democratic business enterprises.  Here’s a recent journalist’s positive and mostly accurate report – the link is to a Maine business publication: Read more »

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