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The Rise in Food Co-Op Popularity: What's Behind It?

| 9/26/2019 9:47:00 AM


People have recently become more interested in doing business with cooperatives, often abbreviated as co-ops. The main thing that sets a co-op apart from a traditional company is that the people who own it are also involved in substantial parts of its operations.

Here's a look at why many individuals believe it's worthwhile to link in with a co-op.

Co-Ops Offer More Organic and Local Products

Many people in modern society are especially concerned about how their actions impact environmental sustainability. They frequently decide to "vote with their wallets" and buy from brands that operate ethically and care about the planet.

According to a 2017 study commissioned by an organization called National Co+op Grocers, co-ops align with consumer's preferences that protect the planet. For example, cooperatives collectively sell $32 million worth of fair-trade products every year. Plus, the study found that USDA Certified Organic products comprise 42% of a co-op's total sales, whereas it's only 5% at a typical national grocery store.

For starters, organic products cannot use synthetic fertilizer or toxic pesticides. Farming without these things has a more positive effect on the environment overall.

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