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Small holdings aren't economically viable UNLESS they are producing a high value crop or crops they can sell direct to consumer.  This is one of the big advantages of co-operatives: the co-op can 'bundle' and market the goods.  In turn this reduces the marketing/sales costs to the producer and allows the producer to 'capture' the middlemen profit either directly or through ownership shares of the co-op.  

Add a credit union, somewhere along the way, and now you're talking.

BTW, I have no illusions about the moral superiority of co-ops or credit unions.  These organizations do, however, provide a maximum return to and for the people who create the wealth while giving them a chance - whether it is seized or not - of having more control over their lives.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri May 6th, 2011 at 03:25:01 PM EST
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