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Construction site for non-affirmative practice

Constructive Dismantling

My Castle Is Your Castle

Beat capitalism with a carrot – with Tomek Sikora

In this seminar Tomek from the Warsaw Food Cooperative introduced us to the way their informal group organises around the purchase and distribution of food.


– coop slogan: “We will beat capitalism with a carrot”;
– creating connections with other coops;
– splitting into smaller coops rather than having one that is getting too big;
– a small amount of money from each purchase goes into a common solidarity fund;
– there is an attempt to source organic, but many small farmers can not afford the certificate even though they are producing organic produce;
– every two weeks food is bought from the farmers;
– the ordering of food happens on-line through a program written by one of the coop members;
– the day the food can be picked up from the coop also a coop meeting is scheduled;
– the coop does not have their own space, but is hosted by other organisations;

Warszawska Kooperatiywa Spozywcza