The New Cross Food Group

You need to focus on the neglected food groups, such as the whipped group, the congealed group and the Chocotastic!

- Dr Nick Riviera

Transition New Cross writes:

Do you grow your own food? Would you like to sell your surplus? Interested in a planned new Community Supermarket? Come along to the launch of the Transition New Cross Food Group and find out more!

Date:June 21st
Place: The Hill Station cafe (Kitto Road by Telegraph Hill Park) SE14 5TY
Time: 7.15pm (7:30pm sharp start) until 9.00 pm

Explore ideas for how our community can make our food more sustainable, local, healthy and fair for all. Promoting local food growing, food Co-ops and a Peoples Supermarket for New Cross. Join us and help make it happen! Everyone welcome!

For inquiries email:


patrick1971 said...

Will this be on the same model as "The People's Supermarket" in Holborn, that was on the Channel 4 documentary a while back? Good luck to it, hope it succeeds.

Transition New Cross said...

It will be something along the same lines as the one in Holborn. It's really up to people who want to come and help out though so do come along to the meeting if you can!

Anonymous said...

Let's start a co-op shop! Not like the one in Crofton Park... more mung!

Brockley Nick said...

Could anyone work out what problem the people's supermarket was supposed to solve?

Lack of local shops? Holborn is surrounded by similarly sized supermarkets. Anyone in central London is spoiled for choice.

Lack of high-quality produce? See above.

High prices then? Most of the show seemed to consist of customers complaining that they could get stuff cheaper elsewhere (without the need to work several hours a week at the shop).

It seemed like a massive waste of time and effort that could have been spent doing something more useful. Maybe if it had been set in some rural backwater without a local shop it would have made more sense.

Transition New Cross said...

There are lots of issues that a New Cross version could address. Speaking personally, I think there is great benefit of producing (food growing and local produce is subject of the meeting too) and selling local food. For example, the environmental benefits (food miles, packaging reduction, organic growing etc), supporting a local economy, becoming less reliant on imports when prices are going up. That's just a few examples.

There are lots of people interested in the supply and distribution of food in the area and this meeting brings together those people such as the New Cross Food Co-op, growers such as Common Growth, Lewisham Council representatives, social enterprises and more. It's ambitious and will take time to establish and flourish but over time this could grow into something really great for the area.

Anonymous said...

Sainsburys will be pulling down the shutters then I suppose. Capitalism did its best, but lets face it, it has failed to provide plentiful and cheap food. Thank God these people are stepping in to stop London from starving.

Anonymous said...

"a Peoples Supermarket for New Cross"

Yeah, its called Sainsburys.

Anonymous said...

For the sake of full disclosure, Sainsbury's are a client of your employers aren't they Nick? Might explain why you didn't see the point of the people's supermarket perhaps.

Brockley Nick said...

good grief.

Anonymous said...

'Peoples supermarket' that would be a supermarket in the same way that a 'Peoples Democracy' is a democracy, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if it is community run the prices will be as low as possible whilst being as locally sourced as possible. Or maybe the profits are ploughed back into the community for community projects.
I imagine it would have a different ethos to a normal supermarket.

Anonymous said...

And for everyone else who isn't a vegan, there's Sainsburys.

Anonymous said...

@Brockley Nick - I agree. There's a perfectly good cooperative in Bloomsbury called Waitrose.

I used to live near the Park Slope Co-op in Brooklyn on which The People's Supermarket is modelled and six years ago it was pretty much the only place in the area where you could buy decent food - the local supermarkets were really terrible in terms of choice, cost, and quality. That isn't a problem in central London and our area isn't all that badly served either.

But if the main thing here is promoting a cooperative ethos rather than filling a gap in the supply of an essential service, then, it's true, it could be a good thing for the area.

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