Co-op Proves that the Poor Can Eat Organic, Too

By Gonzalo Ortiz

“There is no reason why we poor people have to eat badly,” says Ecuadorian farmer Juan Anguisaca. “It’s not true that organic products have to be expensive. They can be profitable and within the reach of the poor,” Rodrigo Aucay adds.

Anguisaca and Aucay are both members of Coopera (Cooperate), an agricultural services cooperative based in San Joaquín, a rural parish with a population of 5,000 on the outskirts of the city of Cuenca, located in the Andean mountains 440 km south of Quito.

Anguisaca works in the cooperative’s collection centre, while Aucay is the general manager.

The cooperative was founded in January 2004 by eight members who contributed six dollars each, for a total of less than 50 dollars. Six years later, it now has 60,000 members and 28 million dollars in assets.

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4 responses to “Co-op Proves that the Poor Can Eat Organic, Too

  1. A long time ago, I read a book called ‘The One-Straw Revolution’. In it, the author stated that organic food should be less expensive than conventional food. And it is, it is less expensive for the earth, and to maintain people’s health and well being and in so many other ways–good healthy honest food, raised by good honest people for themselves and others like themselves is a value beyond compare.

    But this does not work out well for the profit of large corporate and commercial interests. They like things to be very expensive for the people. And so they regulate and control and manage ‘organic’ in the same way they do everything else.

    And you know what? Their ‘management’ is making them lots of money.

    And costing everybody else….

    …this is NOT the way it should be.

      • I saw it, Rady. A couple of months ago, someone at another website asked me if I’d ever read Fukuoka’s book. Which of course, I had. When we first started farming 30 years ago, I read books that were either entirely ‘unconventional’ (if published then) or were very out of date, from the early 1900’s for example. This is how I got my technical (and other) information on farming because I knew the ‘experts’ in agri-industry during the Reagan years and preceding, were WRONG.

        Another particularly good book I saw talked about on another website recently is E.F. Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful. That was published perhaps in the early ’60’s. Not an agricultural book per se, a book about economics, but including sensible ‘people loving’ agriculture in its premise and thought. An outstanding work that should have been heeded.

        Certain strong and thoughtful individuals have always been there to warn us about the now obvious and disasterous failings of our corporate culture….

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