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10 Reasons to Support the Sierra Vista Natural Foods Cooperative

  1. Community owned
  2. Democratically controlled
  3. Organic, local, and fair trade foods
  4. Foods for people with special dietary needs
  5. Non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning supplies and all natural, animal-friendly beauty products
  6. To support small farms and businesses
  7. To reduce resource consumption by buying local and in bulk
  8. To help create economic and environmental sustainability
  9. More organic choices to help
    • reduce amount of harmful chemicals ingested by humans and other animals
    • reduce amount of harmful chemicals leaching into water supply
    • provide safer conditions for farmers and other agricultural workers
    • enhance rather than deplete topsoil
    • support rural economies
    • support biodiversity
  10. Because it can't happen without you!

Cooperative Principles

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training, and information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for community

What is a cooperative? A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.

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