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Defining food co-ops

Caraher, M. & Machell, G. (2012). Defining food co-ops. In: Viljoen, A. M. & Wiskerke, J. S. C. (Eds.), Sustainable food planning: evolving theory and practice. (pp. 223-232). Wageningen Academic Pub. doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-187-3


In the UK, the term food co-op is used to describe a range of food projects and initiatives. This chapter explores the current meaning of the term food co-op and presents original research that draws on data collected for the first phase of an evaluation for the Making Local Food Work Programme. Data for this chapter is based on ranking exercises completed by food co-op stakeholders in the UK as well as semi structured interviews with food co-op volunteers, organisers and customers. The research is part of the first stage of a larger impact evaluation of food co-ops. Different types of food co-op operations will be presented. These include locations in an urban church, a community centre, a primary school, a pub, and a market stall. This is a practical study that aims to analyse the range of benefits food co-ops can have as well as addressing the challenges.

Publication Type: Book Section
Publisher Keywords: food project, alternative food network, evaluation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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