Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Food Cooperatives in Canada

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_591
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Introduction

Food has played a key role in the development of the cooperative model. From the initial offering by the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers of butter, sugar, flour, and oatmeal, cooperatives have provided access to food for those with limited means (Holyoake 1893). Cooperatives have addressed issues of access by involving the community in the development of firms that address basic needs such as food. This discussion will look at the development of cooperatives as these firms address a community’s basic need for food by applying the cooperative principles. The development of cooperatives and their guiding principles represent an ethical response to perceived injustices within the economic system.

This entry will look into the ethical question that revolves around the focus on capital within the investor-owned firm (IOF) and the focus on the member within the cooperative firm. The capital focus of an IOF drives the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Business and Administration DepartmentUniversity of WinnipegWinnipegCanada