The next round of co-op training and education grants from the Howard Bowers Fund has an October 15 deadline. Find details and an application at www.cdf.coop/bowersfund/.
The Bowers Fund is housed at the Cooperative Development Foundation and overseen by a volunteer group of food co-op leaders. The Bowers Fund strengthens the food co-op community by awarding grants to co-op staff, managers, and board members for training and education. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.sustaRead more »
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 »