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Food co-ops have long brought nourishing, fresh food to our communities. At Bloomingfoods, we’ve defined ourselves as cooperative trade leaders with a focus on local, sustainable, organic, and fairly traded foods.
Our commitment to these values demonstrates our members’ concerns for positive environmental impacts, better health, and strong local economies. We became a founding member of The Principle Six (P6) initiative in 2010, in order to join other co-ops in featuring products and companies that embody these values.
Demolition was the name of the game in Elm Heights from Wednesday through Friday. Here are a few images. It was an impressive process, the relentless maw of the excavator snatching bite after bite from the old building, chewing it briefly, then spitting it into a dumpster. By end of Thursday the building was down, and Friday was devoted mainly to cleaning up. Monday begins the breaking up and hauling off of the cement slab.
"How do we give back to the community rather than just take from it?" This was one of the concepts explored in Part Two of the film Food for Change, which we viewed at our recent board meeting. Many co-ops were started in the early 1970s to counteract the takeover of the food business by large corporations. At that time, two million farmers had been driven out of business, six million taken over by agribusiness.
The cooperative movement was a non-violent pursuit of a better way of doing things. With high ideals and not much economic savvy at the time, 800 co-ops were started. That number declined to 200 until the recent "third wave" of new start-ups. People again want to take back control of their lives. They especially want to see their local areas prosper. We want to make sure that everyone is fed and fed well without the increased dangers of contamination, delay or just plain "no food today" due to transportation problems or catastrophe.