Food Co Ops: What Hippies Did Right

Debbie Wood drinks soy milk, eats all-natural kosher hotdogs, and prefers organic produce. But buying alternative products at a local health-food store wasn't much of an option. "I gasped at what they wanted for things," says Wood, a child-development specialist. So to stick with her diet--and within her budget--she helped launch the Sunshine Health Food Co-op in Annapolis, Md. She now saves up to 50% on such items.

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