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Food Co-ops
Food Co-ops

Learn English meaning of ‘food co-ops’

Date: Nov 14 2016

Themes: Food, Health, Hobbies

Grammar: Conjunctions


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For some people, the food at big grocery stores is just fine. However, other people prefer their food to be organic and local. If you are this type of person, you could go to a large organic grocery store. But the prices at these stores are usually very high. On the other hand, you could find a food co-op instead.

Food co-ops are community stores where the workers are also the owners. Food co-ops have great fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers. But that’s not all. Usually, co-ops also have educational programs for people in the neighborhood. You can learn about recycling and different ways of taking responsibility within your community. Plus, you can often meet the people who grow your food.

Gary is new in the neighborhood and wants to find a resource for great fresh food. Listen as Jessica suggests the local food co-op in today’s English lesson.


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Gary:  I don’t know if you know, but I’m new to the area.

Jessica:  Hu-huh?

Gary:  And I’m trying to figure out where the best place is to buy fruits and vegetables.

Jessica:  Well, I actually just started shopping at a food co-op. And, I’m not sure if you’re familiar with that concept, but it’s incredible. You feel like you’re a part of the community, and you’re supporting a local neighborhood and a local store.

Gary:  Are all the consumers the people who live in the area, or is there specific people who are part of this co-op?

Jessica:  It’s specific people, and I don’t think there’s any sort of fee to join the co-op, but they have lots of free resources, including classes and educational programs. So, when you go to shop, you are not only a consumer, but you’re also taking responsibility and learning how to better your community.

Gary:  And I bet they have lots of organic foods… probably a huge recycling program

Jessica:  They do. It is incredible. You’ll have to come with me when I go this weekend.

Gary:  I’d love to, and get some great fresh fruit.

Jessica:  Absolutely! It’s very fresh. You’ll love it!

Gary:  Exciting!


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Gary recently moved to a new area, and he doesn’t know where to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Jessica tells him about the food co-op that she recently joined. She loves it because she can help her community just by shopping there. Not only does she get wonderful fresh food, but also she can learn many things.

In addition to selling food, the food co-op also has many resources for people. Jessica likes learning how to take more responsibility within her neighborhood. Gary guesses that the co-op also has a great recycling program, and he is correct. Jessica invites him to go shopping with her this weekend, and he happily says yes.

Do you have a co-op in your neighborhood? Where do you like to buy fresh fruit and vegetables?



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03:50 PM Nov 14 2016 |

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Big grocery stores also keep the organic section of foods and the prices too are less compared to co-ops. I haven’t noticed any difference in the taste of organic or nonorganic foods. I used to consume organic foods till I noticed it taste the same while having to pay the double price. 
Big grocery stores also contribute to the neighborhood programs: education, community, and recycling. It feels like Co-ops stores taking extra from the pockets of eco-freaks. 

10:13 AM Nov 14 2016 |

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