Achieving Racial Diversity in Food Co-ops

Jade Barker
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:15am
Salon E

Food co-operatives in the United States have successfully transformed the U.S. grocery industry into one which now offers a full array of healthy and organic foods to a variety of consumers. These co-ops have had an enormous positive impact on our society: both in terms of healthy food but also in demonstrating a successful community-owned business model. But those benefits have not been shared equally—U.S. food co-ops are owned and operated by a demographic that is overwhelming white. Committed to the co-op values of democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, how can today’s food co-ops become beacons of light in a society plagued by racial injustices? Explore these issues with others who share your concerns.