Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 203
by mole333, Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 04:09:27 PM EST
With the massive Salmonella recall, the problems with food and pet food contamination from Chinese products, and the general increase in food prices, I am adding listings of local food co-ops for many states I cover. Generally, these offer lower prices and higher quality than general supermarkets. Some require an investment of time and/or money, but some do not. I shopped at a food co-op as a student in San Diego in the 1980's and it really kept my food bills way down. Currently my wife and I have joined the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn, the largest food co-op in America, and although we find aspects of it inconvenient, we do find the prices are much lower and we eat far more healthy now. And NONE of the products we buy were part of the massive recall I discussed a few weeks ago. So take a look at any listings I give for your state, and let me know if you know of any I missed.
I will also say that in addition to food co-ops, we love Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's is a regular supermarket, but they are cheaper than almost any other regular supermarket I have found, have MUCH higher quality products, and, according to the Co-op America Responsible Shopper website, is one of the few companies they rate that actually has an excellent record on environment, labor, social issues, etc. I have never liked Whole Foods, which is over priced and far lower quality than I expected. Trader Joe's does it better and cheaper.
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