· Purpose: powering a new food system
· Core activity: building local networks of communities and farmers
· Governance model: platform cooperative
· Patterns of Commoning:
Open Food Network
The Open Food Network - Katuma in Catalunya - builds a software platform that local communities use for the distribution of food that is produced according to the principles of agroecology, often by small scale farmers.
By professionalizing these short supply chains, the Open Food Network pretends to build a resilient local food economy. Communities bring together producers in their area to create a virtual farmers’ market.
Conventional methods of industrial agriculture are responsible for many negative ecological and health impacts, and account for roughly 30% of current global greenhouse gas emissions.
Regenerative organic farming practices do not only preserve biodiversity, they also remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in the soil, and are a powerful strategy against the climate collapse.
Producers of agro-ecological food face however structural problems, and have a difficult task to reach to all potential consumers. The Open Food Network builds the technological tools to create and professionalise these local marketplaces.
By collaborating on a global level with open source solutions, they share the costs of developing new software, and ensure that their project is more resilient.
For Anna and Gato , local organic farmers, the technological platform of the Open Food Network is an important tool that makes their business viable.
They can dedicate their time to work on the field, and don't need to spend resources to the distribution and commercialization of their vegetables.
Members of local communities have many motivations to eat organic food, explains Susana, one of the coordinators.
Some people want to eat healthy, some families want to have a direct relation with the farmers, and others members rather have ecological or political concerns.