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FoodCoops to counteract food waste

7. August 2015

Austrian trendsetters within slow and near food movement

FoodCoop is an abbreviation for “food cooperation” and is a new trend in Austria. Inhabitants of a town or a city district cooperate in order to purchase their food directly from the farms instead of supermarkets. Currently, Austria counts 36 FoodCoops – most of them in bigger cities such as Vienna or Salzburg. All FoodCoops are organized individually as per their members´ requirements and liking.  Some of them are paying monthly fees into a common account from which the farmers’ production costs, the rent for the sales space as well as the transport costs are covered. To effectively reduce the waste of food, members of FoodCoops need to announce in advance on the FoodCoops’ website what they intend to order. Based on these orders, the farmer supplying the respective FoodCoop will deliver these amounts with the result of zero food waste. 

A further step is taken by the farmers themselves. More and more Austrian farmers are converting to so called community-supported or community-shared agricultures (CSA). That means members of a CSA economically support the farm for one year covering its expenses. In return the members have a solidary say in the governance of the agricultural production. E.g. one way to involve the members is to hold an annual meeting in which crop to be grown are decided upon by the farmer and the members. 

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