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Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants

Grocery Story is a book for anyone who eats. It addresses the disturbing trends that large grocery chains employ to maintain their grip on food makers, communities and eaters. The book focuses on the impact of community-owned grocery stores and why they are more important than ever for the future of food.

Join us for a free event next week at the Nashville Food Project, in which Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants, will be hanging out as part of his 130-city book tour. You’ll hear more about Grocery Story, the food co-op movement, and how you can support Nashville’s first locally owned food co-op. If you’re interested in making an impact on the global food system and in your community, you don’t want to miss this event!

Reserve your space for next week’s event on Thursday, June 20 at 6:00 pm.

About the book

How our choices impact the world often begins with our food. What we eat, where it’s from, and how it was grown are important aspects of moving our community and global economies forward. With such a focus on food, the modern grocery store has surprisingly received little attention.

Steinman discusses how consumer-owned food co-ops are working to remain relevant and impactful within their communities despite a growing number of grocery chain giants. The book also explores how capitalism distorts the food system from farm to plate.

Through penetrating analysis and inspiring stories and examples of American and Canadian food co-ops, Grocery Story makes a compelling case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements. The book is a guide for creating change and addressing the capitalist created food issues in YOUR community.

In Grocery Story, author Jon Steinman:

  • Deconstructs the food retail sector and the shadows cast by corporate giants
  • Makes the case for food co-ops as an alternative
  • Shows how co-ops spur the creation of local food-based economies and enhance low-income food access

Whether you strive to eat more local and sustainable food, or want to support social change in your community, Grocery Story will leave you hungry to join the food co-op movement in your own community.

About the author

Jon Steinman has two decades of food experience under his belt. He was the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner, one of the most popular food podcasts in Canada. He’s now the writer and host of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System – a television and web series currently streaming online. Jon coordinates the annual Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival– a curation of food focused documentaries.

He lives in Nelson, British Columbia, where he served on the board of the Kootenay Co-op for 10 years, most recently as Board President.


Don’t miss Jon’s compelling presentation next week! The event is FREE & open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. Get complete details and RSVP on our events page.

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