November 3, 2010
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As more people become conscious of what they eat, food coops are becoming increasingly popular. There are around 200 coops in startup mode across the country, and seven of those are in New York City. Sounds great - who doesn't want fresh food at low prices? But starting a coop demands years of dedication on the part of volunteers before the coop can open its doors. Traditionally coops have opened in middle class neighborhoods, but the new coops in NYC are eager to attract residents of so-called food deserts, where little fresh food is available - something else that's not as simple as it might seem.