Revelation: the Natural Foods Co-op Feed the Mind
I am on the phone with a friend–I am planning to visit him and we’re going over last minute details as I pack.
“Is there a Whole Foods or a place with organic food near you?”
He responds, “ummm…there’s a co-op.”
“Co-op? What’s that?”
Well, I visited said co-op during my visit and it was a revelation in grocery shopping.
What is a food co-op and why is it amazing?
- Unlike corporations, co-ops support local farmers (i.e. the food is more fresh and thus more nutritious than that of chain supermarkets)
- Co-ops are better for the environment! They promote not only organically grown but sustainably produced food. Since co-ops source mostly from local farms, they don’t have the same environmental impact as stores that transport their food long distances.
- As a cooperative, they offer their products to members at lower prices than profit-oriented organizations.
- They are involved with their communities! Anyone can purchase membership, giving them partial ownership to the organization. Owners have voting rights, which makes the co-op more responsive to its community’s specific needs and wants.
Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op. http://www.ukiahcoop.com/about/about-our-co-op/.