City Pages: Grocery Activism

Article by Craig Upright, author of Grocery Activism

A key period in the history of food cooperatives that continues to influence how we purchase organic food today

In Minnesota, and especially within the Twin Cities, it is easy to take our vast constellation of food co-ops for granted. The Cooperative Grocers network lists more than 50 in our state, with more than a dozen in the metro area. That not only leads the nation, it’s more than twice as many as you’ll find in all of California—a state with a progressive reputation, twice our landmass, and six times our population. (Wisconsin, Washington, and New York round out the top four states with the most co-ops, where more than one-third of the nation’s co-ops can be found.) Minnesota has more cooperatives than the bottom 25 states combined.


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