What’s a Co-Op Anyway?

Did you know that more than 800 million people around the world belong to cooperatives, and at least 100 million of them are employed by co-ops? More often than you probably realize, co-ops play a vital part of your everyday life. So what does it mean to be a co-op anyway?

Co-ops (cooperatives) are owned and operated by their member shoppers. Members are typically the people who use the co-op’s services or buy its goods. For example, GEF worked with Cabot Co-op to produce a lesson called Wonder Wheel: Food for Healthy Kids and a Healthy World, and their co-op members include the farmers and their families who produce Cabot Cheese.

It’s great to support co-ops because they value community, quality, economic participation, and local ownership. As such, the principles and actions of co-ops support the communities where they are based and where they do business.  Many co-ops do business throughout the country and their impressive values are promoted in each of their regions. Shopping at a co-op is a wonderful way to  make an important difference in the lives of families, friends and neighbors. To find a food co-op near you, check out this great map tool: http://strongertogether.coop/coops/

About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit www.greeneducationfoundation.org to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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