Shared tastes and common values

Shared tastes and common values
Community Food & Health (Scotland)



With 2012 being United Nations International Year of Co-operatives, it seems a fitting time to explore Scotland’s past, current and potential future relationship between co-operation, food and health.


It is relevant to what many communities are tackling, from obesity to infant nutrition. It is also pertinent to how we are being encouraged to work, from asset-based approaches to co-production. Hopefully this publication gives you an introduction to why co-operative approaches have had, and continue to have, such an appeal in Scotland.
CFHS was delighted to work with Martin Meteyard on this publication.


Martin has worked in and with co-operatives – most of them dealing with food – for the last 30 years.
He was an early member of GreenCity Wholefoods worker co-operative in Glasgow, spending almost 15 years there in a variety of positions and eventually becoming general manager.


During that time he also helped to establish several other co-operatives, including Fair Trade co-operative Equal Exchange Trading and Inverness-based wholesaler Highland Wholefoods.


At the end of 1997 Martin left GreenCity to become the Scottish Secretary of CWS (now The Co-operative Group). During that time he served on the advisory group of CFHS (then known as the Scottish Community Diet Project), and also helped to establish the Community Retailing Network to support community-owned shops.


Since 2004 he has worked as a freelance consultant, primarily with co-operatives. He is a specialist advisor with Co-operative Development Scotland, and also manages The Co-operative Enterprise Hub in Scotland.


Martin has been an active supporter of Fair Trade since the mid-1980s, and is Chair of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. He was Chair of Cafédirect plc from 1998 to 2005, and is currently a Director of Zaytoun CIC, which imports and distributes Fairtrade olive oil and other Palestinian products.


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