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Sustainable Ag Lecture Series - Fall 2019:

Grocery Story

The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo / Ag Sciences Bldg 11 - Rm 104
5:30 - 7 pm

Free and Open to the Public

Hear a compelling talk from author Jon Steinman as he visits San Luis Obispo on his 130-stop North American book tour. More information about Grocery Story and the book tour can also be found at:

Grocery Story makes a compelling case for how food co-ops, as alternatives to corporate grocery giants, are spurring the creation of delicious local food economies and stronger communities, while changing the global food system for the better.

"This book weaves together many food co-ops into an inspiring historic and very current picture of the ground-level community change happening as the co-op movement continues to grow and adapt and stay relevant in the evolving food landscape dominated by supermarkets and a demand for low-cost food. This book offers an important consideration of the impact that can happen when going to the grocery store becomes an activity and not a chore, and when a grocery cart can ultimately become a vehicle for social change."- Melissa Cohen, General Manager, Isla Vista Food Co-op

"A great read! Full of energy and eyes-wide-open hope. In an era of extreme economic concentration, Jon Steinman awakens us to elements of an arising democratic economy, hidden in plain sight. Grocery Story is, above all, an empowering tale we need now more than ever.” - Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet, and, most recently coauthor of Daring Democracy

About the Author: Jon Steinman

Jon Steinman has studied and worked with all things food for over two decades. He was the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner, once ranked as the most-listened-to food podcast in Canada. Jon is the writer and host of Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing our Food System – a television and web series currently streaming online. Jon also coordinates and curates the annual Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival of compelling food documentaries. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia.


This event is being co-sponsored by the SLO Food Co-op.

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