” Historical attempts at an enforced, collectivised approach to food production in various vernacular interpretations of Marxism have famously and tragically lead to famine. Conversely, however, it is within environments of abundance (such as Essential’s overflowing silos of raw cacao coated mulberries) that both the fields of history and ecology have witnessed the most promising examples of egalitarianism. It is our firm belief that cooperative consumption can lead to food sovereignty and greater shared prosperity by redirecting consumer spending into the cooperative business model at the expense of supermarkets who only serve to undermine the food system through exploitation, extraction and concentration of wealth into fewer hands.
This isn’t to say that any excesses of home production; for example products of labour free biologically-automated agronomy such as a glut of apples can’t be generously and joyfully shared among our sisters and brothers. Indeed there is an ongoing directive from Comrade JOE, the first ever Dictator of the group, directing us to nourish, care and share our sourdough starters, SCOBYs and kefir babies with the hope that these thriving symbiotic cultures inspire deepening mutually beneficial relationships within our community, transcending contemporary primitive neo-liberal Homo economicus societies and metamorphosing into SCOPYs (Symbiotic Cultures of People and Yeasts). Please bring along such spoils to the decommissioning of hauls. “
— Comrade BEN
” We are not consumers, we are all in this as a co-op, making the purchasing of food a cheaper, cleaner, socialist activity, an opportunity for a meeting of great minds and promotion of stronger community! A wilful decision to opt out of helping line the pockets of the fat cats! ”
— Comrade DAISY
” The below graph shows the growth of FFC according to three key metrics: number of buyers, number of suppliers and total group spend. A fourth metric of ‘Collective Spirit’ was simply off the scale. ”
— Comrade JOE
” A further advance in our experiments in creating a post-capitalist, degrowth, cybernetically controlled economy – namely, the Decom Rota. Let us transcend the labour market and enter the collaborative economy of the gift. If you wish to nurture this reciprocal mode of energetic exchange, please enter your name in a slot and you will be loved for it and the universe will give back by means unbeknownst. ”
— Comrade BEN
” At heart we are a group of people who want good food at reasonable prices from decent suppliers, we want to support local producers who care about their impact on the environment, we want to be inclusive, and we just love the wondrous piles of goodies that appear at the monthly decommissioning. From it’s humble beginnings 5 years ago as an Essential buying group, the Falmouth Food Coop has grown into a thriving community asset. ”
— Comrade ALEX
” Socialism is a philosophy of success, the creed of understanding, and the gospel of good will, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of joy. “
— Comrade BEN
Lockdown is easing. We need to jump on this opportunity to create a new better normal. Some may hope that the aviation companies which are helping to bring about an uninhabitable climate will collapse. Many will dream of permanent rent strikes that starve the bourgeoisie of their passive incomes that exploit those with less capital than themselves.
However, it is our responsibility as Falmouth Food Co-op to seek to destroy the supermarkets and create a beautiful world of equitable, healthy and most importantly, joyful abundance. Let us not let a penny of our money get siphoned off to the super rich. Let us not let a penny of our money get spent on agrochemicals, land mismanagement and unskilful industrial farming techniques that kill wildlife. Let’s use our collective time, resources, energy, creativity and skills to create the world’s best food co-operative that supports the health, diversity, equality and abundance in our local community, economy and ecosystem through the creation and distribution of good food.
— Comrade BEN