Co-operative stores could sell good quality food produced on its farms by workers on decent terms and conditions

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Economy, Food, Local economies, Procurement, Regional economies, Retail, Trade, Transition

Molly Scott Cato* writes: Comments from the Co-operative Group that the Co-operative Farms are a ‘non-core’ part of the business, suggests that the current generation of co-operative managers have a short-sighted view about their role in providing customers access to a reliable source of ‘good food’. In my 2010 paper, ‘The co-operative path to food security, I pointed to the […]

Time to change: Professor Lang’s challenge: embrace local sourcing

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economics, Economy, Fair trade, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Planning, Procurement, Sustainability, Transition, Transport

Susan Press in the Co-operative News reports a challenge issued by Professor Tim Lang, Head of City University London’s Centre for Food Policy, to the Co-operative Group. It is time to radically change the way food is delivered and distributed to the Group’s 4,800 retail outlets: “At a time of growing interest in locally sourced food, he thinks there should […]