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Objectives of the Ebytown Food Co-Op
Given the problems in the food industry, the goals of the co-op movement, and a discernment of the "common" values of the active members of the co-op, these are Ebytown's current objectives:
Most co-ops have similar lists of objectives; what varies is their order and priority. We cannot fulfill all the objectives because we have to balance various pressures: prices controlled by large conglomerates, the fact that food is grown and processed under conditions we can seldom examine (much less control), and so on. In practical, day-to-day terms, we often have to put some of our objectives aside in order to accomplish others, in view of our best faith judgments of their subjective importance.
Most of the policy disagreements that arise within a co-op happen not because our general goals are in conflict, but because of trade-offs we have to make between them. An example of this is the perennial argument between best-quality food and lowest-price food; unfortunately, they are often diametrically opposed. As a member of Ebytown, you'll have the opportunity to take an active part in this debate, and hopefully help reach a compromise that the majority of our members can live with.
|Last updated: March 21st, 2009, by Kay Biefer|