Tuesday, 21 October 2008 13:53
More than 800 million people around the world belong to cooperatives, and at least 100 million of them are employed by co-ops. And more often than you probably realize, co-ops play a vital part of your everyday life.
Consider the cup of coffee and cranberry muffin you recently enjoyed. That premium Sumatra Siborong-Borog coffee was likely purchased from a grower co-op in Indonesia. The flour in the muffin started as wheat from a farmer-owned, grain elevator co-op in the Midwest, and those cranberries might be from Ocean Spray, a producer-owned co-op.
Knowing the source of the foods you eat, the services you employ and the products you purchase are just a few of the benefits of joining a cooperative. As a member, co-ops invite you to take part in the way your favorite grocery store or financial institution is run, and share in any profits. This community approach to business is at the heart of the cooperative philosophy.
By Joe Romano,
"Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in."
— Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet
45 years ago, if you lived in Ithaca, or any city, and you walked into a supermarket, you would be hard pressed to find brown rice, tofu, or anything...