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Food Co-ops in AmericaCommunities, Consumption, and Economic Democracy$
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Anne Meis Knupfer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451140

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451140.001.0001

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The Age of the “Organic-Industrial Complex”

The Age of the “Organic-Industrial Complex”

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(p.190) Epilogue The Age of the “Organic-Industrial Complex”
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Food Co-ops in America
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Anne Meis Knupfer

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451140.003.0012

This concluding chapter looks at food cooperatives that have been established in the last ten or so years. Among them are the Alberta Food Co-op, located in the renovated northeast neighborhood in Portland, Oregon; the Lost River Food Co-op, stationed in a poor, rural community in Paoli, Indiana; and the co-ops in the South Bronx and the Bay area, which serve African American communities. The establishment of these and other new food co-ops suggests that the cooperative movement remains strong. The chapter stresses on how important it is for members to learn about their co-ops' histories. Posting previous annual reports, and having a presence on social media websites which appeal to younger members, are some of the ways of reaching out to the next generation of co-opers. In this way, members would better understand how they stand on other co-opers' shoulders.

Keywords:   food cooperatives, Alberta Food Co-op, Lost River Food Co-op, South Bronx co-ops, African American communities, co-opers

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