What are Cooperatives Anyway?

Steve Bodzin www.newvillage.net, reprinted by permission At the end of the 18th century, cooperatives began when people started creating organizations through which they could buy products as a group, without giving extra money to a commercial middleperson. For 200 years, cooperatives have been proving that democratically controlled businesses can meet …

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Food Co-ops in the Twin Cities

Patricia Cumbie Editor of The Mix If you live in Minnesota you are in co-op country. Cooperatives of all sizes, within an array of sectors, thrive here, including housing, insurance, electricity and farming. A cooperative business belongs to the people who use it – people who have organized to provide …

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