Other Avenues Are Possible: The Legacy of the Peoples Food System of the San Francisco Bay Area


Thursday, August 3, 2017 6:00PM

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Join the California Historical Society and Author, Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff as she discusses her book, Other Avenues Are Possible: The Legacy of the Peoples Food System of the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by questions from the audience and a book signing.

Other Avenues Are Possible offers a vivid account of the dramatic rise and fall of the San Francisco People’s Food System of the 1970s. Integral to the early natural foods movement, with a vision of “Food for People, Not for Profit,” the People’s Food System challenged agribusiness and supermarkets, and quickly grew into a powerful local network with nationwide influence before going down in a dramatic fashion. Weaving new interviews, historical research, and the author’s personal story as a longstanding co-op member, the book captures how food co-ops sprouted from grassroots organizations with a growing political awareness of global environmental dilapidation and unequal distribution of healthy foods to proactively serving their local communities. The book explores survival of three businesses of the era and a new network of coop support organizations.

Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff grew up in India, went to college in New York and in 1973 moved to San Francisco, where she became active in the Food Conspiracy, an organization of food-buying clubs. Shanta later became a founding member of The San Francisco Bay Area’s Peoples Food System, a grass roots, fair food distribution organization that created about a dozen store fronts and wholesale venues.

Shanta is currently a co-owner of Other Avenues, a worker-owned food cooperative in San Francisco’s Sunset District. Shanta is the author of three books, Other Avenues Are Possible: The Legacy of the Peoples Food System of the San Francisco Bay Area, The Ethnic Vegetarian Kitchen and Flavors of India. Shanta writes articles about food, nutrition and cooking for India Currents and other publications.


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