The potential of community food co-operatives was the subject of a discussion at the recent East Sussex Co-operative Party meeting.
More and more communities are setting up food co-ops so they can get good food at an affordable price and have more control over where their food comes from.
Co-operation is all about two or more people joining forces and working together to achieve something they probably couldn't do on their own.
In the case of food co-ops a group of people join forces in order to be able to buy foods they may otherwise find it hard to get hold of at a price they can afford. By volunteering their time and pooling their buying power they can get produce direct from local farmers or wholesalers.
You can find out more about Food Co-ops on the website Foodcoops.org
There is also a superb toolkit on setting up a local food co-op project, on the Sustainweb website here.