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Elaine Beitelspacher, Moorhead, Published April 18 2014

Letter: Join our local food cooperative

I became irritated while reading the article “What Would It Take?” in the April 9 issue of The Forum. It was an article about luring to town corporate chains such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

What irked me was that we have our very own whole foods growing right here. After all, the Red River Valley has some of the most fertile soil on earth. We don’t need to beg some out-of-state corporate entity for their trickle-down largesse when we can have our very own locally owned and operated food co-op right here.

I’m talking about Prairie Roots Food Cooperative. I’m a member of that cooperative because I’m tired of the big chains holding the purse strings and having so much control over our communities.

Do we want to support local food producers, especially smaller producers? Do we want to support agricultural practices that are good for our air, water and soil? Do we want to support a locally owned business? Do we want to have more control over where our food comes from and what’s in it? Do we want to participate in the decisions that are important to our local economy?

If you answered “yes,” then join Prairie Roots Food Co-op. We only need 220 more members and our dream can become a reality. Go to www.prairie-roots.coop to become a member or email info@prairie-roots.coop for more information.