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Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants

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Hungry for change? Put the power of food co-ops on your plate and grow your local food economy.

Food has become ground-zero in our efforts to increase awareness of how our choices impact the world. Yet while we have begun to transform our communities and dinner plates, the most authoritative strand of the food web has received surprisingly little attention: the grocery sto
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by New Society Publishers
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Deb
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you eat food, you should read this book.
Jen
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating.
SyntaxThings
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it

The author is very dedicated to food: local food, empowering farmers, empowering eaters, growing diversity in the food economy. He spent a decade creating a weekly podcast on food issues, helped organize a collective that put grain grown by local farmers directly in the hands of eaters, and served on the board of the Kootenay food Co-op in Nelson BC for a few years.

He wrote the book as an expose of the state of food economy and the enormous power yielded by food retailers on consumers and on the
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Marmot
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great overview of the topic. It made me want to run down to the Kootenay Co-op and give them all my business instead of the evil Save On Foods that I also sometimes frequent. I found the writing a bit too figure heavy (so many stats), and it was hard to keep all the various stores straight - i.e. sometimes the author would mention a specific co-op from earlier in the book, and talk about it like you remembered what he said earlier, but I had to keep flipping back to figure out which one it was. ...more
pianogal
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Made it to pg. 137 but I just don't think I can finish this one. Really not enjoying it, plus I don't really care about food co-ops. Maybe I'll come back to it at some point, but right now I need to put it down.
Sarah Murley-Hauser
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wtr-food
Insanely in-depth dig on the modern grocery store. Contrast that with how food co-ops work and you see how beneficial a food co-op could be for neighbourhoods and communities.
Suzy
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you buy groceries? Do you eat food? Do you live in a community? Read this book!
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