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NewsForge: FOSS Facilitates Communication for German Fair Trade Co-Op

Aug 31, 2006, 10:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dmitri Popov)

"Plattsalat is an organic and fair trade food cooperative in Stuttgart, Germany. Its members run the co-op, paying a monthly fee for the privilege of purchasing goods, making decisions, and participating in the work that goes into keeping a shop like Plattsalat running. But with 250 members, making sure everyone gets their say can get complicated. In order to disseminate information and facilitate communication, Plattsalat set up its own wiki. Board member Thomas Becker says open source software 'fits our philosophy, political ideas, and our aims to change the world for the better.'

"Becker calls Plattsalat a 'typical medium-sized German organic shop.' The co-op sells meats and vegetables, fruits, coffee, and even decorative bags. 'What makes us different is that we put more emphasis on fair-trade products,' he says, 'from producers that have proper working conditions. And of course, we don't make profits...'"

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