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Increase in food co-op membership

2009-03-24 03:11:18 GMT2009-03-24 11:11:18 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

The oldest food cooperative in the United States is experiencing a substantial increase in membership.

With savings on most groceries from between 20 and 40 percent, it's possibly one of the cheapest place in New York to get organic, healthy food. Jon Decker reports.

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The oldest food cooperative in the United States is experiencing a substantial increase in membership.

Situated in the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, the Park Slope Food Coop was started by a small group of friends who wanted to buy good food at cheap prices.

General Manager Joe Holtz is one of the coop's founding members.

SOUNDBITE: Park Slope Food Coop General Manager Joe Holtz saying (English);

"We thought that was really important, that people could be able to eat well and that the price could have come down if we somehow cooperated with each other."

The coop's numbers now top the 15,000-member mark after growing by nearly 11 percent in the past year.

SOUNDBITE: Park Slope Food Coop General Manager Joe Holtz saying (English);

"I think people are saying, well, if I'm going to be cooking at home because I'm going to fewer restaurants and I'm going to be buying more groceries, maybe it's time for me to join the food coop."

The coop manages to keep prices low, because all members have to work just under 3 hours every four weeks.

And with savings on most groceries from between 20 and 40 percent, it's possibly the cheapest place in New York to get organic, healthy food.

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