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The problem with health food shops

I’m always glad that there are small, independent shops that sell wholefoods. The best of them steer clear of the temptation to pack their shelves with high-profit vitamins and supplements, with owners genuinely believing that good wholesome food is the best medicine.

But there’s a problem, still – one that the bulk buying club approach can fix. Continue reading “The problem with health food shops”

Permanently pop-up

Most people will be familiar with ‘pop-up shops’ offered on short term lets.  Dubliners may also remember Granby Park, a short-lived ‘pop-up’ public space on derelict land that was supported then taken away by the local authority, only for the site to return to disuse.

But if pop-up shops and pop-up parks come and go that’s because they express a passive, top-down idea of allocating space for temporary use until it can find a ‘higher’ (i.e. more profitable) purpose.

However, doing a pop-up activity is quite amenable to running on a permanent basis – or at least as long as those making it happen want to keep it going. Continue reading “Permanently pop-up”

Club, co-op or conspiracy?

This site uses the term ‘bulk buying club’ for a basic idea around food sourcing that has gone by several different names across different contexts and eras. Equally, the concept of a ‘buying club’ may have nothing at all to do with food, so you’ll find the idea of buying clubs for heating oil being promoted in Northern Ireland, with broadly the same goal of people co-ordinating their purchasing power to save money. The focus here, though, is on groups working together on bulk sourcing organic, wholesome food – whatever the name. Continue reading “Club, co-op or conspiracy?”