International Year of Co-ops
More than 800 million people around the world belong to cooperatives and at least 100 million people are employed by co-ops. More often than you might think, co-ops play a vital part of your everyday life. Grocery stores, credit unions, housing co-ops, utility co-ops, health care co-ops and food producer co-ops are all examples of businesses that are owned by the community and exist to serve the community.
Declared by a United Nations resolution, 2012 is being recognized worldwide as the International Year of Cooperatives. The International Year of Cooperatives aims to share and celebrate the social and economic contributions of cooperatives businesses, in which users can become owners.
Co-ops run their businesses on Seven Cooperative Principles, which are guidelines by which they put their values into practice. Food co-ops, like Outpost, have long been leaders and innovators in providing fresh delicious food to their communities. We take pride in building relationships with area growers and suppliers and have supported the concept of “local” long before local was cool. Food co-ops continue to nurture and promote the growth of the local sustainable food systems – something that benefits both producers and consumers.
To find more information about the International Year of Cooperatives, visit www.2012.coop.
To learn more about natural food cooperatives, check out Stronger Together's online video series hosted by celebrity chef, Kevin Gillespie, showcasing the amazing food that co-ops offer and ways co-ops bring farmers, producers and shoppers together.