Food Commons is developing a new physical, financial, and organizational infrastructure for localized food economies that are fair, just and sustainable for the health and well-being of our people, our communities and the planet.
Rather than replacing the current global industrial food system, the Food Commons will provide another option — a more localized choice for producing, processing, distributing, marketing, and accessing quality food.
Three Key Components
Food Commons has three key components, each of which will be implemented and governed at the regional level but networked and integrated nationally:
- Food Commons Trusts to own land and physical infrastructure in perpetual trust, to be used by enterprises in the Food Commons for the benefit of all citizens.
- Food Commons Banks to provide financial services and products to food enterprises throughout the Food Commons system.
- Food Commons Hubs to aggregate and distribute local and regional food, create and coordinate regional markets, and provide services to communities and local food enterprises.
The Promise/Challenge of the Food Commons:
We believe that this new food system has the potential to be a major locomotive for economic growth and a magnet for a new generation of innovators who need access to capital and a place to put their energy and creativity to work. We also believe that this system can revitalize and ensure the continuity of small and mid- sized family farms that steward the land, nourish our communities and our health, and comprise the fundamental building blocks of local and national food security.