In celebration of Co-op Month, Jonah Fertig-Burd, CDI’s Director of Cooperative Food Systems, gave a talk at the Portland Food Co-op on October 26th. Jonah’s presentation examined the ways in which cooperatives have benefited farmers, food producers, and eaters through worker, consumer, and producer cooperatives. Jonah compared this to the corporate-controlled food system that continues to consolidate ownership into fewer and fewer hands, particularly evidenced this fall with Amazon’s buyout of Whole Foods.
Within the context of discussing the corporate consolidation of our food system, the presentation looked at the benefits of cooperatives, the power they have to bring people together to increase food, market, and land access; and how they support our local economy.
CDI continues to provide education and presentations to a wide range of different groups including presenting at co-ops, economic development meetings, schools, colleges, and in other communities. If you are interested in having CDI present about cooperatives in your community, please get in touch!