One reason, we’re sure, many people have become involved or expressed interest in our neighborhood endeavor is the cost of food. Recently, with the oil crises as well as rising demand the world ’round, many of us have begun to experience sticker shock at the supermarket checkout counter.
Collectively, we hope to provide the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill residents with a less expensive option for filling their cabinets – and their stomachs, which is ultimately more satisfying – with high quality food.
The most recent issue of TIME magazine takes a look at the factors which are causing money to disappear from our wallets more quickly than we’d like. On the second page is a disturbing graphic about how much prices have risen on some staples and more common purchases.
So, tell us, what do you think is the greatest factor in rising food prices? Have you seen your food bill increase in recent times? What is the most efficient way to bring prices down a bit? What can a potential food co-op do to provide some relief? Tell us in the comments!
In what will hopefully become a regular feature, we here at the CH/FG Food Co-op Blog (whew! we’re going to need a shorter moniker) will look to highlight some co-op and general food news from around the country. It will hopefully give a glimpse into the world of other co-ops and maybe shine some light on some best practices or issues other groups are facing.
• Just Local Food, a food co-op in Eau Claire, Wisc., has recently been the recipient of some fantastic fundraising from a group of local students, an anonymous 98-year-old customer, farmers and other locals. (The Leader Telegram).
• A Park Slope Food Co-op patron made a seemingly unlikely connection with a fellow customer. (Ask Rotoman).
• A patron of a Greensboro, N.C. food co-op details the revelation she made during her shift at Deep Roots Market.
• The New Zealand Herald explores ways to spend less on a family’s grocery bill. One of the suggestions is to seek out a local food co-op. (New Zealand Herald).
• A large co-op in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada hit record sales in 2007 (The Moose Jaw Times).
As a reminder, we always need your help with the blog! If you have any links you want included in the roundup or anything else you’d like covered, give us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.