Desire For Control Sends Consumers To Food Co-ops

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This Aug. 4 photo shows shoppers at City Market Onion River Co-op in Burlington. With growing concerns about food safety and desires to support local farms, more Americans are turning to food cooperatives — owned and controlled by members to provide affordable, healthy food — to do their weekly shopping.

Cooperative grocery stores have been on a boom-then-bust cycle since they first emerged after the Great Depression.

And the cycle at the moment is back to boom. As more Americans look for more ways to control their spending -- as well as where their food comes from -- small grocers that are owned by their "member" shoppers and focus on local and natural foods are back in vogue.

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