英語で読む: Food coop in Oklahoma

The text below is taken from a website of an organization called Oklahoma Food Cooperative. It is an online version of a farmers market and it sounds to me like a very attractive place to by food.

Please go here to find the whole version of the text.

Welcome to the Oklahoma Food Cooperative

We only sell food and non-food products that are made in Oklahoma. We are an easy way to shop – order online and then pickup at one of our many pick-up sites statewide. (…) We generally have 4000+ different items available each month. (T)he coop has over 4,000 members, 125 of them are producers.

It costs $51.75 to join the coop (…). Producers pay 10% of their sales for selling through the coop, and customers pay 10% for buying through the coop. (…)

At the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, we do not sell any mystery food. You know exactly who produced the food, where it was grown or raised, and what production practices the farmer or rancher uses. You don’t just order five pounds of generic hamburger, you order it from a specific producer. Our food has a story, and you – as a customer of locally raised foods – are part of that story. (…) We are discovering the unique and authentic regional tastes of this area. We are rejecting the idea of food as a commodity (…) and are rediscovering the importance of local food production to healthy local communities.

(…) Among our (…) members we find a diversity of lifestyles, beliefs, cultures and religions. (But we all share a) need for a marketplace where we can find good, healthy, nutritious local foods. We are focused on meeting local needs with local resources. (…)

Homework
After reading the text, think of the questions below. Prepare an oral answer to all or some of them:
1. What is the Oklahoma Food Cooperative?
2. Do you know a similar organization in your area?
3. What, in your opinion, is a “healthy local community”? Is the community in which you live “healthy”?

4. What do you think the “mystery food” is? Do you eat a lot of such food?

5. What does “shopping / eating / living locally” mean?

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