This paper explores in particular how Teikei groups, as forms of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), operate in Japan, focussing on one particular group. The paper links the Teikei approach to debates around social capital and consumer-citizenship, arguing that pre-existing consumer/citizen institutions
Within the production, distribution, and consumption of food there is often a lack of social solidarity. This is true even within the co-operative movement. J. Howard reports on his experience with a multi-stakeholder food co-operative, relating both the possibilities it
From the US-based Food Co-op Initiative, whose complete toolbox is an excellent starting point, this feasibility and business plan checklist and frequ... Our Co-op Toolbox is available to members only. Please sign up for your membership and gain access to these
There is growing consumer interest in locally produced food, and farmers and retailers play an important part in this growing niche market. Up-to-date and reliable data are necessary to create efficient distribution lines, but there is currently a dearth of
Keys to Success for Food Co-op Start-ups in Rural Areas (US) Created in 2005, this is a practical guide to assist the development of retail food co-ops, especially in rural communities. It uses four case studies to illustrate the various stages
This article was published in April 2009 by The Progressive, a monthly leftwing magazine of investigative reporting, political commentary, cultural coverage, activism, interviews, poetry, and humor. Photo from the My Co-op Rocks photo contest.
This FactSheet from the Ontario Co-op Association outlines how co-operatives are different from business corporations. Co-ops and investor-owned corporations compared, from the National Cooperative Business Association in the US.
Consumer Co-ops in British Columbia These case studies were written in 2001, and they offer a close look at the development of consumer co-ops in five different communities of British Columbia. They examine each co-op's history, their challenges and success,