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Re: “Give it Up, Would-Be Food Co-Op

Mr. Birdsall, We are hardly "food activists". We are middle and working class families who are simply creating affordable access to sustainable foods and products. Our cooperative grocery is not out to compete with or replace the rich list of establishments you mention. We readily admit that co-ops are not for everyone. However, we will be welcoming and affordable to all, and transparent about our business and the products we sell�which is a far rarer proposition. I would also like to add that in our Brooklyn neighborhood we also had 3 weekly farmers markets, several name-brand grocery stores, 2 organic/natural grocery stores, and a dozen smaller markets selling fresh vegetables. And yet 13,000 people had no issues joining and participating in the Park Slope Food Co-op. Maybe it was for the principle, or the low prices, or the sense of community. The communities of Berkeley and Oakland have always welcomed alternatives�to food, to education, to culture. We believe we are carrying on that rich tradition.

Posted by Martin Edwards on 02/23/2007 at 3:54 PM

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