The Okanagan food system is fragile — many local farms and food suppliers are struggling to survive.
- Develop pathway to rebuild localized food resilience as a self-governing community owned food corporation with the scale of economy needed to match outside corporate entities.
- Develop pathway for community and private capital to invest in smaller farming operations, and/or, acquiring and integrating existing businesses to create a collaborative and collectively owned food corporation that has capacities beyond government initiatives and private enterprises.
- Currently the Okanagan only has 38% self-sufficiency, however, with a regionalized food system it is possible to increase our self-sufficiency to 70%.
Once built and scaled, the OCS food corporation ensures all Okanagan residents have healthy and nutritious food to eat. As a resilient localized food system, the farmers and suppliers are on even price footing with the large corporate food entities. Collectively we achieve 70% food self-sufficiency for the Okanagan region, ensuring resilience in pandemics, floods, and global economy disruption