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‘Grocery Story’ Makes A Case For The Co-op

Courtesy of Jon Steinman
Jon Steinman is an advocate for the co-op as an important tool in reforming the food world.

The food system is broken and grocery stores are a big part of the problem, according to author Jon Steinman. Steinman spent years researching the money and health and environmental impact of our grocery system, which is dominated by large food conglomerates.

Credit Courtesy of Jon Steinman
Courtesy of Jon Steinman
In his new book, Jon Steinman argues that food co-ops help ensure fair pay for farmers and provide consumers access to healthier foods.

In his book “Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants" (New Society Publishers/2019), he presents the food co-op as an often overlooked but important tool for making big changes in the food world. Steinman proposes that ensuring fair pay for farmers and strengthening access to healthy food, makes the food co-op the most sustainable answer.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Steinman ahead of his talk at the French Broad Food Co-Op in Asheville Tuesday, June 18.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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