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E-M:/ Re: Cass Corridor Food Co-op

Enviro-Mich message from Lowell Prag <lprag@mail.msen.com>

On Sat, 6 Mar 2004, Frank Ambrose wrote:

... see below ...

Hello Frank,

I am not sure if you are a member of the Cass Corridor Food Co-op in
Detroit but my main observation is that it is neither a true co-op nor

With a true co-op, the members own the co-op and determine its direction
with the members voting each year to either distribute any profit back to
its members or reinvest any profit back into the co-op.

I have lived in the Cass Corridor since the 1950's when I graduated high
school, then graduated in the 1960's from Wayne State University which is
in the Cass Corridor, and have operated a business here since the 1970's.

During that time, I have watched the Cass Corridor Food Co-op struggle to
stay alive at various locations in the neighborhood, since the early 1960's
and nobody has to date, made it a viable community resource for bulk food.

For example, I can pick up the telephone and order from "Something Better
Natural Foods" in Battle Creek, www.somethingbetternaturalfoods.com, and
get delivered to my door by UPS, the highest quality organic food in bulk,
far cheaper than any source in Detroit, including the major supermarkets.

The Cass Corridor Food Co-op should model themselves on something similar,
by not just providing affordable bulk food prices but also, the necessary
implements for storage and processing.

i.e: provide at cost, cheap air tight 1, 5, 10, and 25 gallon storage
containers, cheap bread making machines, cheap dehydration equipment,
cheap canning equipment, cheap 10, 20, and 30 cubic foot freezers, books
on the various storage methods, books on cooking various bulk foods, etc.

In short, to eat well for far less, requires that the public also be
educated on food storage and processing, and have access to affordable
tools to do so, in addition to the food itself.

This is especially true in neighborhoods like the Cass Corridor where most
people are living below the poverty line and lack education. In this regards,
no interest loans to co-op members, to purchase food storage and processing
equipment at cost, should also be a service that is offered.

Many other types of co-op groups, have successfully used these methods of
communal socialism, to solve their problems and they would work equally as
well in the Cass Corridor, to provide such basics for life, as food.


Lowell Prag

On Sat, 6 Mar 2004, Frank Ambrose wrote:

> Open Mic at the Cass Coop
> Sunday, March 7
> 5-8 pm, $2
> Cass Corridor Food Co-op
> 456 Charlotte Street, Detroit 48201    Located between
> Cass and Second, behind the Masonic Temple
> Come out and show your stuff, or listen to others
> perform music, poetry, spoken word, etc. This is the
> first of monthly open mic's that the Co-op will be
> hosting. They will be the first Sunday of every month.
> The Cass Corridor Food Coop is going through some
> transitions and is re-establishing its role of
> providing healthy food and community to Detroit. This
> event is a community outreach event and a fundraiser
> for the coop. Please come out and help keep the option
> of community-based food distribution an option for
> those living in the city.
> Sorry about the late notice this month.

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