Food control or food democracy?

“Nutrition must engage with society and environment or risk a slide into policy irrelevancy. The evidence deserves better.”

If you’re running out of exam/essay procrastination, we’ve been forwarded a juicy piece on nutrition science by one of our volunteers. She recommends to skip the section on evidence and jump to the stuff on pages 733-4 on the social/environmental embeddedness of nutrition science.
Food Co-op is a great example of how ‘social nutrition’ works!

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“It is a myth that nutrition science was ever neutral; nutrition’s advances have been mainly when engaged with society. Nutrition scientists must get tougher, more active and organised. Nutrition need not be constrained by narrowly conceived interest. The profession could learn from the best non-government organisations and, for all its differences, learn from the experience of tobacco. The evidence mounted for half a century, but it took campaigns to win policy change.”


Latest Stock List!

Hello dear friends, Attached to this is the latest stock list. Although things change slightly from week to week, these changes are only minimal and this latest version is a good one to go by. SOASFOODCOOPPricelist10.docx Exciting stock updates from the past week include:

  • Keep Cups! These have been a real hit, and are selling fast. They are £4.40, but don’t be put off by the price.Using this and not paper cups is not only good for the environment, but will also save you 20 pence every time (in the SOAS shop!) Plus you’ll look snazzy. 11069927_238009996369256_5508446560739172206_o (1)
  • Loose Leaf Teas! First mentioned as an idea in a meeting, we now have black and green loose leaf tea all the way from India. Only £1.80!11022541_238009629702626_7634576064959835940_o 11069931_238009946369261_6693645178923521125_o
  • Soap Nuts! These natural, chemical free nuts are reusable for up to six washes. They are compost-able, and won’t cause irritation on your skin or pollute our water supplies.1604488_238009973035925_4743400391542459648_n10989369_388314984674754_8692045694276565136_n

The Cinema Cultural Corner and the Food Co-operative present “Slow Food Story”

Today at 7pm eager foodies and film lovers gathered in G3 in the main SOAS building to watch The Slow Food Story. This event was co-hosted by ourselves and the Cinema Cultural Corner. Through this event we not only wanted to enjoy a movie and organic popcorn, but also raise awareness about the food co-op and get the input of our community.

Slow Food Story is an Italian movie that looks at the man behind the Slow Food anti-fast-food resistance movement, Carlo Petrini. The movement is now present in more than 150 countries, spreading it’s ideas about quality food through the three words ‘good’,’clean’ and fair’ and encouraging small farmers and cooperatives. The movie engages the viewer to consider the power of food in relation to politics and vice versa, and what our responsibilities are as consumers to those active in our food supply chains.


Few people stayed afterwards to engage in the discussion, meaning they missed the input of a masters student active in the Slow Food Organisation who had come to watch the movie and share her thoughts. It was interesting to hear her input on what the movie had shown, and she spoke of how the political aspect of the movement has diminished. Her interest is largely in Slow Food as a social movement, and how it can bring together the left and right wing for one cause.

One member of the food co-op brought up the contradictions that arise from running an anti-capitalist venture in an essentially capitalist system, and the ethical and moral questions that arise when consuming in such a system. Although one cannot hope to reconcile this in a quick discussion, increasing research into what occurs in the supply chains behind our products and what is actually ‘fair trade’ is something to work on moving forward.

The representative of the Slow Food organisation mentioned that what Slow Food is all about is telling small food producers that “they are worthy in the capitalist world.” On a semi hopeful note she reminded us that whatever we are doing, at least it is something. She reminded us to follow our money, and to keep it close and that this is already a huge start.

What unites the Slow Food Story and the Food Cooperative is a deep belief that a commitment to good and honest food can change our systems and effect our politics. A big thank you to everyone who helped organise the event and who came to watch!

We have an exciting announcement to make…


The co-op is expanding it’s opening hours!!

Our volunteers are passionate about responsible and sustainable consumption, and we want this affordable option to be as available as possible to SOAS students. Next week, we’ll be running a trial expansion of our hours to include Tuesday February 3rd from 11am-4pm.

We will also be expanding our stock slightly, carrying more of popular items like nuts and dried fruit, and exploring new possibilities like Maple Syrup, Coconut Oil, and Soap Nuts. Remember, we’re a democratic society so if you’d like to influence what we carry, then just make a suggestion!

In order to make all this possible, we *really* need a few more committed people to fill some shifts weighing a pricing food. There are five 1-hour shifts each day we’re open, and we need two people at the desk during each shift. So please please please look for the sign-up sheet on the co-op doors, and get involved with us. You’ll get to know our stock, learn about new foods, and most importantly meet some awesome socially-conscious people!

Stock list for December 10th

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We are open our regular hours tomorrow, so come stock up for the holidays!

Here is the stock list along with our usual at-cost prices. Take note that there are some new products that might make nice gifts for that sustainability-conscious, foodie friend or family member:

– Almond Butter
– Chilean Honey
– Lavender & Geranium Conditioner
– Raspberry and Cranberry Shampoo
– Washing powder

Please bring your beautiful faces to the JCR between 11am and 4pm. See you then!

We’re Back!

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Hi everybody, we finally got our act together. This is our first post in four years!!!!

Tomorrow the food co-op will be open tomorrow as usual, here is the stock list so you can check in advance the things you might to buy! (You can click to zoom.)

Upcoming Event: Seeds For Change Workshop, Sunday 14th November, 11am-5pm

Exciting things! Seeds for Change will be doing a workshop with the food co-op crew and the gardeners on Sunday 14th November (last day of Reading Week). This will be a full day workshop from 11 am to 5 pm and will involve learning all about:
-Consensus decision-making;
-Running non-hierarchical organisations;
-Facilitation of meetings.
We will be putting the skills that we learn straight into practice by using them to begin making the food co-op manifesto (depending on time and head count we might be able to split into two groups and also form the common ground ethos too).

The skills that we will learn are applicable in so many other areas of life.

The SOAS Yurt is located on the lawn beside the Brunei Gallery on Russell Square Campus.  It’s basically a round thing with pretty designs on it

Look forward to seeing you there!