Mapping Access to Food Cooperatives

Authors: Tyler Jackson*, UC Davis Geography Graduate Group
Topics: food systems, Quantitative Methods, Urban Geography
Keywords: Cooperatives, Human Geography, Food, Food access, Community Development, Economic Development
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Cooperatives are governed by seven principles set forth by the International Cooperative Alliance: (1) voluntary and open membership; (2) democratic member control; (3) member economic participation; (4) authority and independence of each cooperative; (5) education, training, and information; (6) cooperation among cooperatives; and (7) concern for community. These principles are often referred back to when cooperatives go through a decision-making process, and they drive many different programs that cooperatives implement in their communities. People have identified cooperatives as a way to empower marginalized communities (Majee & Hoyt, 2011). Cooperatives act as community economic development tools that can increase economic well-being of the communities they do business with and provide political and social opportunities to their members at both a local and national level. Because of their importance as community development tools, it is crucial to evaluate the cooperative sector to determine what the communities that cooperatives serve look like in terms of socio-economic status. This research asks, are food cooperatives doing business in communities that need them with “concern for community?” and do cooperatives help communities lift up those who are marginalized or disadvantaged?

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