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The Detroit People’s Food Co-op: a Case Study

Session date/time: 
Sat, 3/2 -
2:00pm to 3:15pm
Session Location: 
Executive Ballroom C

Although African-Americans have a long history of utilizing co-ops as a way to galvanize wealth in the face of systemic exclusion from the mainstream economy, the food co-op movement in the U.S. is overwhelmingly white. This session will examine the ongoing efforts to develop the Detroit People’s Food Co-op and the challenges that come with developing a food co-op in a predominantly African-American, low and moderate income community in an intentionally disinvested city.  It will also challenge the food co-op movement to invest resources in a national effort to build the capacity of African-Americans to successfully start and operate food co-ops.

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