Hungry for change? Put the power of food co-ops on your plate and grow your local food economy.
Food has become ground-zero in our efforts to increase awareness of how our choices impact the world. Yet while we have begun to transform our communities and dinner plates, the most authoritative strand of the food web has received surprisingly little attention: the grocery storethe epicenter of our food-gathering ritual.
Through penetrating analysis and inspiring stories and examples of American and Canadian food co-ops, Grocery Story makes a compelling case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements. Author Jon Steinman:
- Deconstructs the food retail sector and the shadows cast by corporate giants
- Makes the case for food co-ops as an alternative
- Shows how co-ops spur the creation of local food-based economies and enhance low-income food access.
Grocery Story is for everyone who eats. Whether you strive to eat more local and sustainable food, or are in support of community economic development, Grocery Story will leave you hungry to join the food co-op movement in your own community.
|Publisher:||New Society Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
About the Author
Jon Steinman has studied and worked with all things food for over two decades. He was the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner , once ranked as the most-listened-to food podcast in Canada. Jon was the writer and host of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System – a television and web series currently streaming online. Jon coordinates and curates the annual Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival of compelling food documentaries and was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op – Canada's largest independent retail consumer food co-op, serving as Board President from 2014-2016. He lives in Nelson, BC.
Table of Contents
"Food System" Defined Preface Note from the Author: Big Food Introduction
 Rise of the Grocery Giants A&P The First of the Giants Other Giants Emerge Self-Service Regulating the Rise of Big Business Expanding the War on Chain Grocers Enter the Supermarket
 Retailer Market Power Taming the Chains The Giants Break Loose The Accelerating of Supermarket Dominance Regulating Market Power Today The Generational Effect and Self-Reinforcing Apathy
 Food Prices and the People Who Grow Our Food The Farm Crisis of the 1980s The "Farm Share" and "Marketing Share" of Our Food Dollars Squeezing Food Dollars Through Bottlenecks Farm Value vs. Retail Price Eaters Pay the Price for Concentrated Markets Mergers Decrease Prices Paid to Farmers The Most Extreme Expression of the Farm Income Crisis
 Grocery Stores The Food System's Control Center Shaping Food Literally Losses in Flavor Cosmetic Requirements and Food Safety Genetic Diversity Food Standards as Buyer Leverage Standards and Food Waste Marching Orders for Suppliers Suppliers Finance Their Own Servitude Category Management Pay to Play, Pay to Stay Is It Bribery? Private Labels (Deliberately Anonymous) Barriers to Entry Setting Food Policy Eaters at the Controls
INTERLUDE Welcome to What's Possible, North America Welcome to Resisterville (Nelson, British Columbia) Grocery Giants in Nelson The Regional Food Movement Viroqua, Wisconsin
 Enter the Co-op What Is a Co-op? Mission-Driven and Transparent Resilience History of the Cooperative Movement The First Consumer Co-ops in Canada and the United States The Empowered Consumer
 The Food Co-op Waves The Consumer Wave The New Wave The New Wave Grows Up The Newest Wave Beyond Natural Foods Co-ops forLow-Income Communities
 Consumer Food Co-ops Today There's Nothing Cookie-Cutter About Food Co-ops Food Co-ops as Community Centers Education Kitchen Skills Training Children's Programming Co-ops in Schools Food Access Inexpensive Meals for Community Building Community Giving Nonprofit Arms Positive Workplace Working Members Cooperation with Local Businesses The Co-op Footprint Community-Owned Good Food Media College Town Co-ops Governance and Ownership Profiles of Board Directors at Food Co-ops Engaging Members in Their Co-op Diversity Social Cohesion Activism On Prices Unleashing Potential
 Co-ops as Food Desert Remediation Greensboro, North Carolina Cincinnati, Ohio Other Stories of "What's Possible" Starting a Co-op Isn't a Shoo-In for Success
 Food Co-ops and the Local Economy Easier Access to Eaters True Local The Language of "Economic Development" Food Co-ops as Economic Development Local Food System Stimulation Anchors for Main Street Retention and Rearing of Community Leaders A Different Kind of Profit
 Local Foodmakers The People Behind the Products Co-ops as Small Business Incubators The People Behind the Products Where Does Your Food Dollar Go? Planning the Co-op Shelves with Local Producers
 Threats to Food Co-ops Fierce Competition The Co-opting of "Local" The "Whole Foods Effect" The Demise of Co-op Atlantic Closed Relevance Ideology Institutional Isomorphism Member Engagement
 Growing Food Co-ops, Growing the Movement Start-ups Financing Food Co-ops Co-ops Supporting Co-ops
Epilogue: Where Do We Go from Here? Acknowledgments Grocery Story's Supporters Endnotes Index About the Author A Note about the Publisher
What People are Saying About This
"A great read! Full of energy and eyes-wide-open hope. In an era of extreme economic concentration, Jon Steinman awakens us to elements of an arising democratic economy, hidden in plain sight. Grocery Story is, above all, an empowering tale we need now more than ever." Frances Moore Lappé, author, Diet for a Small Planet and Daring Democracy
"Wake up folks! Co-ops are cool. They bring power back to conscious citizenship. Co-ops are democracy at work in an age calling out for common sense." Joel Solomon, co-author, The Clean Money Revolution
"Steinman skillfully blends the history of food retailing with contemporary examples to explain how cooperative food stores consistently have served as a principled alternative and moderating influence on corporate consolidation of food retailing in North America." John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia
"An important consideration of the impact that can happen when going to the grocery store becomes an activity and not a chore, and when a grocery cart can ultimately become a vehicle for social change." Melissa Cohen, General Manager, Isla Vista Food Co-op
"On par with many of the other food books that have inspired me Diet for a Dead Planet , Food Politics , Slow Money , Stolen Harvest , Fast Food Nation , Omnivore's Dilemma , In Defense of Food ." Ari Derfel, General Manager, Kootenay Co-op, past Executive Director, Slow Money, and cofounder, Gather Restaurant
"Explores how capitalism distorts the food system from farm to plate. A pleasure to read and is crammed with valuable information, stories and analysis. If you eat, you should give this book a read." Tom Webb, author, From Corporate Globalization to Global Co-operation and president, Global Co-operation
"An impressive synthesis of critical analysis of systemic societal ills and a very practical "how-to" manual on how to address them. This is literally the best thing I've read about cooperatives, monopolization / oligopolization, and the industrial food system in ages." Christopher DeAngelis, Food Co-op Manager (formerly Apple Street Market Cooperative, Mariposa Food Co-op)
"Presents a clear and engaging historical perspective on the evolution of our food co-ops and illustrates the many benefits that they offer their owners and customers by sharing the stories of co-ops today. Grocery Story should be required reading for anyone helping to organize a new food co-op and everyone who cares at all about their food." Stuart Reid, Executive Director, Food Co-op Initiative / Past General Manager, Just Food Co-op and Seward Co-op
"Steinman shows us we can confront the power of food retailers and create an inclusive, health promoting, and sustainable food system." Rod MacRae, Associate Professor, York University
"It's worth studying the history of how and why food co-ops formed as a model to ensure continuing access and authenticity in an alternative local and organic food supply." Mark Kastel, Cornucopia Institute
"Not just a "must-read" for advocates and participants of the local food movement, it is a "must-implement" to pave the way toward a sustainable and just food system for us all." Rob Greenfield, author, Dude Making a Difference