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I have not visited my local co-op since I have become vegetarian. I have been able to find a lot of things at my discount grocer, and local grocer. I however, would like to go after I get paid, and check it out.<br><br><br><br>
I signed up for their email list ect, when I have become vegetarian, and something kinda struck me. My local co-op is planning on selling organic red meat. I gather they are already selling chicken, and I think lamb ect.<br><br><br><br>
I see from the emails, that there are a lot of disgruntled people that do not like this idea, cause it goes against everything they believe about the slaughter of animals ect.<br><br><br><br>
I was curious how everyone elses co-op is... if they sell organic meats. I would also like your opinion on whether I should become a member or not. However, I do realize I should frequent the establishment a few times before making my decision.<br><br><br><br>
I have a whole foods store not far from where I live, would I be better off going to that market? What is everyone's experience with Whole Foods vs. their co-op?
 

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My local co-op also sells organic meat, in the frozen section. Of course I hate it, but every year at the member meeting there is a vote, and so far the vote has been that the meat stays. I used to work there on the weekends, and I was quick to find out that only a percentage of health food store shoppers are actually vegetarian, the rest are health food people who may or may not eat meat. Alot of the vegetarians that are so for health reasons alone don't care if the store sells meat or not, so they are not offended.<br><br>
As a manager, I had frequent complaints like, "you stopped carrying the free range turkey sausage I liked so much" , but I never once had a complaint about us selling meat. (Well, except me complaining all the time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> )
 

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unfortunatly most people eat animal products. most whole foods markets (at least here) sell it. the smell of the meat counter hits me from the entrance. it's totally nasty, but i don't think there are enough veggies to support meatless co-ops&markets.
 

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Both of the co-ops in my area sell meat. I'm not a member of either one.<br><br>
I do more of my shopping at Whole Foods because I can get twice as much food for my money compared to the co-ops. Plus, it's bigger, so I can get everything I need in one trip. I do have to travel 1/2 hour to get to Whole Foods compared to 15 min to a co-op. I love the idea of the co-op, and I do enjoy shopping there when I only need a few things, but I don't think I will become a member.<br><br>
One day while shopping at my local co-op, there was a person from a local farm offering samples of organic chocolate milk. They asked me if I'd like a cup. I said "no thanks, I'm vegan". They looked at me really funny and asked me what a vegan was. It was something they had never heard of. I was surprised at the time, but now that I think about it, I'm not really. I hope I taught them something useful that day! Hah!
 

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Better to sell organic meat than non organic in my opinion.<br><br>
We are deluded if we truly believe the entire world will go veg*n, and therefore the meat that IS eaten should be of the highest quality and reared and slaughtered in the most humane way possible.<br><br>
I'd say good on them for having organic rather than bowing to the cheaper stuff.
 

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Both of the HFS in my area sell meat too, I hate it. I don't have any Co-ops near me, though. They sell the organic meats and cage free chicken eggs, lots of dairy, etc. Most of the people that got there probably aren't even vegetarian. Shannon
 

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I'm a member of our local co-op, mainly because they have a wonderful deli that I eat at all the time, and non members get charged a 7% surcharge. They sell meat, but not that much, and it's all kept in a seperate case. It doesn't really bother me. I'm more comfortable there where I know that if I ask an employee if something's vegan, they'll know what I mean and why it's important to find out.
 

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my co-op did not sell any meat, it was entirely vegetarian. however, that said, they'd had the discussion <i>many</i> times about whether they should start, especially in some of their tougher months economically. they didn't ever start selling meat, unless they've finally given in in the last few months.<br><br><br><br>
anyway, as much as i don't like seeing meat sold, i'm in agreement with Schoska. i'd much rather supermarkets sell only organic food, including meat, than sell only veg*n food. if they don't sell this organic meat, these people will just shop somewhere else where the meat isn't organic. at least they can help the environment too, somewhat.
 

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The co-op I go to doesn't sell meat, but their last newsletter had an interview with one of the board members and she said that if they moved to a bigger place they might start selling it. She also went into the nonsense of how she's not a vegetarian because of her body type. The interview really turned me off, but I won't stop shopping there unless they start selling meat. I really only patronize it because it's the only place around that doesn't sell it, so if they start I might as well just go to Whole Foods.
 

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I must be really lucky because the co-op I shop at is meat-free. (And completely awesome might I add!) It's called Rainbow Grocery and it's in San Francisco. Unfortunately I can't afford to do all my shopping there right now, but I will when I can.
 

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I'm sorry for asking this but<br><br>
What is a Co-Op?<br><br>
(SORRY!!! - I live in Japan - that's my excuse) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by dvmarie</i><br><br><b>I'm sorry for asking this but<br><br>
What is a Co-Op?<br><br>
(SORRY!!! - I live in Japan - that's my excuse) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></b></div>
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It's a member owned grocery store. A not for profit that is based on cooperative operating rules that allow for voting from members and elected board members. They usually have certain values that guide their business practices, like paying certian wages, or not buying certain things or from certain companies. A lot of them get a lot of their labor from members volunteering.<br><br><br><br>
Mine does sell meat, it never bothered me bc I am glad it gives socially concerned people who don't want to or can't give up meat an alternative. But I would prefer not looking at it.
 

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I live in Bloomington Indiana, we have a really nice Co-Op that caters very well to the vegetarian community. Ours even sells wine and beer. They do sell meat and thankfully, it's well placed so that I don't have to look at it upon visiting the store. It's all the way in the back! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Forgive me I can't remember where I read these little tidbits of info, but only 10% of health food store customers are Veg*ns. The other 90% are your general "health nuts". As nice as it would be to have an entire dedicated to vegetarian/vegan only foods, there will never be a community big enough to support such a thing. (At least in the midwest where meat is king!)
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by monkeyandbunny</i><br><br><b>I live in Bloomington Indiana, we have a really nice Co-Op that caters very well to the vegetarian community. Ours even sells wine and beer. They do sell meat and thankfully, it's well placed so that I don't have to look at it upon visiting the store. It's all the way in the back! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Forgive me I can't remember where I read these little tidbits of info, but only 10% of health food store customers are Veg*ns. The other 90% are your general "health nuts". As nice as it would be to have an entire dedicated to vegetarian/vegan only foods, there will never be a community big enough to support such a thing. (At least in the midwest where meat is king!)</b></div>
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That is what my co-op is saying, so they want to try carrying meat.<br><br><br><br>
My question for some are... if you have shopped at whole foods, and your local co-op, which do you prefer?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by monkeyandbunny</i><br><br><b>I live in Bloomington Indiana, we have a really nice Co-Op that caters very well to the vegetarian community. Ours even sells wine and beer. They do sell meat and thankfully, it's well placed so that I don't have to look at it upon visiting the store. It's all the way in the back! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></b></div>
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Hey fellow Bloomingtonian! *waves*<br><br><br><br>
Yup, I appreciate the fact that the meat at our eastside co-op is frozen and mostly all in one spot. (There's the fresh fish in the deli, as well)<br><br><br><br>
You know there are discussions about BloomingFoods having a fresh meat department, right? Personally I do not like this idea... I've been to some co-ops that had butcher departments and they were nauseatingly smelly, like New Pioneer in Iowa City. *eewww* If you are opposed now might be the time to start saying something, before expansion plans proceed any further...
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Muzicfan</i><br><br><b>My question for some are... if you have shopped at whole foods, and your local co-op, which do you prefer?</b></div>
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Local co-op, definitely. Whole Foods are nice stores, but I really like the idea of co-ops and ours is really decent.
 

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I'm not sure of all the co-ops locally, except for PCC (in Seattle). I'm pretty darn sure there is no vegetarian only co-op, rock on San Fran!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> We're not members of PCC, but we might eventually do it. The one thing that really ticks me off about the healthy grocery stores & co-ops is not only do they sell meat, they sell the EXOTIC MEATS. That totally disgusts me. You don't find rabbit for sale at Safeway, but there it is at the store that sells the most vegetarian food. Can't win, eh?<br><br><br><br>
We shop at basically every store under the sun it seems, my other half watches the ads too closely and always has to hit the sales. But also because it seems like one product is available only here, another only there, and this one at these stores, etc, etc... it's really overwhelming sometimes, lol!
 

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I tend to do the sales as well, I get my canned veggies at any store that has a sale, and also the outlet food stores. But I find I have to go to others to get things more specialized, and health based.<br><br><br><br>
I am going to try my co-op next shopping trip.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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