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Food Co-ops in America: Communities, Consumption, and Economic Democracy

Anne Meis Knupfer


In recent years, American shoppers have become more conscious of their food choices and have increasingly turned to CSAs, farmers' markets, organic foods in supermarkets, and to joining and forming new food co-ops. In fact, food co-ops have been a viable food source, as well as a means of collective and democratic ownership, for nearly 180 years. This book examines the economic and democratic ideals of food cooperatives. It shows readers what the histories of food co-ops can tell us about our rights as consumers, how we can practice democracy and community, and how we might do business differe ... More

Keywords: American shoppers, food co-ops, food source, collective ownership, democratic ownership, consumer rights, democracy, community, social vision, healthy food

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451140
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Meis Knupfer, author
Professor of Cultural Foundations, Purdue University