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Eating Cooperatively: Body, Community, Planet

Mar 03, 2012 04:28PM ● By Renee Sweany

co·op·er·a·tive [koh-op-er-uh-tiv]

adjective: working or acting together willingly for a common purpose or benefit.

noun: a jointly owned enterprise engaging in the production or distribution of goods or the supplying of services, operated by its members for their mutual benefit, typically organized by consumers or farmers.

What does it mean to eat cooperatively? At Pogue’s Run Grocer, they take a body, community, planet approach. The goal is to help people find foods that are nutritious for the physical body and personal well-being, are connected through the local community and have a small carbon footprint, all while being sustainably produced.


Read labels. If it’s difficult to pronounce it, don’t eat it. Quinoa may be the only exception to this rule.

Ask questions. Get to know the people who produce and sell the local food.

Eat real food. Focus on fresh vs. processed to eliminate chemical preservatives and over-packaging.


Food brings people together, but it’s not just about sharing a meal, it’s also a social experience.

Indiana is the 10th largest farming state, but 90% of the food is imported. Strengthening the local food community will also strengthen the local economy. Produce begins losing its nutritional value the minute it gets picked, so choosing local food is good for the community and the body.


Earth offers everything needed to take care of a body. By nourishing the soil organically, it produces nutritious and delicious foods. Reducing the amount of packaging of foods decreases the consumption of resources, including petroleum and trees. Eliminating pesticides and other harsh chemicals produces biodiversity and sustainability.

Every grocery purchase affects the physical body, the community, the economy, and the environment and is an ideal time to make choices that have a positive impact. Whether shopping at a local food co-op or at a traditional grocery store, consider the body, community and planet when making food choices.

The mission of Indy Food Co-op’s community-owned grocery store, Pogue’s Run Grocer, is to serve urban Indianapolis with a full-service natural products grocery store featuring affordable, fresh, healthy foods and locally produced goods. Pogue’s Run Grocer is also available to give presentations on eating cooperatively. 317-426-4963.
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