Who are we?
What is Mespilus?
Mespilus is a sustainable and responsable buyer’s cooperative, offering organic, local and artisanal foods, as well as health-related services, direct to the members and their families. We also develop programs necessary to improve information, education and the defense of consumers’ and users’ rights.
The cooperative was founded on the 10th of September, 2008 by a self-managed group of 36 members, dedidcated to direct participation. The cooperative’s goal is to purchse highest-quality organic and local produce, with prices that are competitive with commercial groceries.
Mespilus is a not-for-profit cooperative, managed democratically by its membership. We agree to:
Members take active part in directing and managing the tasks of the cooperative. Each family or member chooses among the vital roles – purchasing, accounting, distribution and other services – that keep the coop functioning.
We make strategic decisions as a group, sharing the economic and social responsibilities that come with membership.
Each members takes responsibility for their area of work, in an environment of mutual trust, transparency and support.
Share cooperative values:
Equality · Solidarity · Social Responsibility · Desire for Transformation
- Our intention is to acheive the highest possible quality of life, in collective terms, and so we choose sustainably-grown organic produce and products, that respoect both environment and cunsumer.
- Organic farming.
- Reject genetically modified (GMO or transgenic) foods.
- Locally grown, packaged and distributed with the minimum amount of waste, and avoiding excess transportation.
- Sustainable production to support natural systems.
- Conscious and critical consumption, based on ethical principles. Produce and products sourced in socially just operations.
Habits of consumption
- Consume only what is truly necessary.
- Orderly consumption, avoiding compulsive purchases.
- Planning and structuring our purchases.
Local and direct produce and producers
- Prioritize purchases direct from the producer, preferably local.
- Consume fair trade products.
- Prioritize products that are in season, promoting agriculture that is respectful of the environment and the life cycle of being human.