Food Co-ops In America: Communities, Consumption, And Economic Democracy by Anne Meis KnupferFood Co-ops In America: Communities, Consumption, And Economic Democracy by Anne Meis Knupfer

Food Co-ops In America: Communities, Consumption, And Economic Democracy

byAnne Meis Knupfer

Hardcover | May 21, 2013

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In recent years, American shoppers have become more conscious of their food choices and have increasingly turned to CSAs, farmers' markets, organic foods in supermarkets, and to joining and forming new food co-ops. In fact, food co-ops have been a viable food source, as well as a means of collective and democratic ownership, for nearly 180 years.

In Food Co-ops in America, Anne Meis Knupfer examines the economic and democratic ideals of food cooperatives. She shows readers what the histories of food co-ops can tell us about our rights as consumers, how we can practice democracy and community, and how we might do business differently. In the first history of food co-ops in the United States, Knupfer draws on newsletters, correspondence, newspaper coverage, and board meeting minutes, as well as visits to food co-ops around the country, where she listened to managers, board members, workers, and members.

What possibilities for change—be they economic, political, environmental or social—might food co-ops offer to their members, communities, and the globalized world? Food co-ops have long advocated for consumer legislation, accurate product labeling, and environmental protection. Food co-ops have many constituents—members, workers, board members, local and even global producers—making the process of collective decision-making complex and often difficult. Even so, food co-ops offer us a viable alternative to corporate capitalism. In recent years, committed co-ops have expanded their social vision to improve access to healthy food for all by helping to establish food co-ops in poorer communities.

Anne Meis Knupfer is Professor of Cultural Foundations at Purdue University. She is the author of three books, including The Chicago Black Renaissance and Women's Activism, and coeditor, most recently, of The Educational Work of Women’s Organizations, 1890–1960.
Title:Food Co-ops In America: Communities, Consumption, And Economic DemocracyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.39 inPublished:May 21, 2013Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Democratic Impulse

1. Food Cooperatives before the Great Depression

Part I. Collective Visions of the Depression
2. Food Cooperatives, 1930s–1950s
3. Ithaca Consumer Co-operative Society
4. The Hyde Park Co-operative Society
5. Hanover Consumer Co-operative Society
6. Adamant Food Co-operative and Putney Food Co-operative

Part II. Food for People or Profit?
7. Food Cooperatives, 1960s–1990s
8. North Coast Co-operatives in Arcata, Eureka, and Fortuna
9. New Pioneer Co-operative Society
10. Cooperatives in the Twin Cities

Epilogue: The Age of the "Organic-Industrial Complex"

Appendix: Website Sources about Food Cooperatives


Editorial Reviews

"Anne Meis Knupfer's book is not only an outstanding historical resource for both present and future generations of cooperators but also a fascinating read. Her insightful commentary inspires reflection on what it means to be a cooperative and challenges cooperatives to play a more politically active role in the welfare of their communities."—Rosemary Fifield, Director of Education and Member Services, Co-op Food Stores (Hanover and Lebanon, NH, and White River Junction, VT), author of The Co-Op Cookbook