Cooking with GAS: the Tiburtino Solidarity Purchase Group

Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale’ (G.A.S.) or Solidarity Purchase Groups, are collective purchasing organisations that form alternative food networks managed by a group of citizens (known as ‘gasisti’) who come together to buy food and other goods at wholesale prices and/or from small local producers, to be redistribution between members. There are about 75 GASs in Rome and its surrounding province. ‘Gas Tiburtino’ was founded in 2001 by a small group of people that got in touch through the Internet, essentially beginning as strangers but uniting via a shared vision. This particular group deals in three types of product: fruit and vegetables, parmesan cheese, and aesthetic (beauty) products and household detergents.

Mission/objectives: 
Improving the local environment; community regenerazion; developing a self-reliant community
Country: 
City/Region: 
Tiburtina, Colli Anieni
Start/end year: 
2001
Members (number): 
10