Copenhagen Food Cooperative is a member-based and member-driven food co-operative in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Inspired by New York based "The Park Slope Food Coop", it is an alternative to the ordinary profit-driven supermarket chains. It focuses on offering seasonal fruits and vegetables with lots of taste and quality at affordable prices. All of it fresh organic or biodynamic produce from local farms.
The Cooperative was founded in April 2008. Since then 3000 members have enrolled and eleven local departments have been established in Copenhagen. Each week, 5 tons(!) of vegetables are distributed.
Volunteer work is the foundation of the Cooperative and all members are expected to put in three hours of work each month. This could be packing vegetables in the shop, ordering vegetables, arranging debates, fixing the website, etc. Any profit is used to reduce the price of the vegetables, develop the co-op or socially responsible projects in the city of Copenhagen. By buying from local farmers the costs are kept low, the produce is fresh – and often dirty – and the impact on the environment is kept to a minimum. The Cooperative thus supports the local farmers who produce organic or biodynamic produce, which in turn encourages sustainable agriculture. Food cooperatives have a long history in Denmark. Danish farmers joined forces in the 19th and 20th centuries and formed dairies, butchers and purchasing associations. Copenhagen Food Cooperative is a continuation of this time-honored tradition.