Chinese Delegates Visit San Diego Co-op

Nancy Casady and Chinese visitors in the community room at Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op.

In an impromptu visit, 18 delegates from China came to Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op in San Diego to learn about issues involving agricultural food quality, with a focus on the co-op’s “green” infrastructure and philosophy.

People’s General Manager Nancy Casady said, “It’s very encouraging to see the world taking an interest in what we think is going to be one of the most important issues of the foreseeable future—how we produce our food.”

The delegates, from the Jiangsu province, located in western China, included directors and chiefs of staff from municipal, state, and county environmental and agricultural organizations.

An interpreter communicated questionsfrom the group, and Casady explained how People’s operates. She  also offered a tour of the facilities, including the co-op’s photovoltaic and thermosiphon solar operations on the ­building’s roof.

In an interview with local media, Casady pointed out that sustainable agriculture is a language, which all humans are fluent in. “It’s that connection between so many diverse ideologies. Here’s a place where we’re really all coming together as common inhabitants of planet Earth.”

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