Time for food co-ops?

January 5, 2010 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

by John Craig

Hilary Benn said today that “people power can help bring about a revolution in the way food is produced and sold, and …[business will] follow consumer demand for food that is local, healthy and has been produced with a smaller environmental footprint – just as consumers have pushed the rapid expansion of Fairtrade products and free range eggs over the last decade”. 

As Benn acknowledges, that people power goes far beyond mere spending power.  For example, Innovation Exchange has been supporting East London Food Access to take its fantastic model of food co-operatives national and help communities across the country to develop food co-ops that provide healthy, local, sustainable food. ELFA’s work shows that not only is food vitally important in its own right, it is a great way to engage hard-to-reachy citizens and to bring communities together.

It is the potential of this kind of co-operative approach that we pick up in the Engagement Ethic, and food may be one of the big areas where co-operatives develop and grow.  Let’s hope so!

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