Open Food Network24 Aug 2017
The Open Food Network and a world of online food retail.
If you are reading this, you probably enjoy food that's top notch, particularly when it comes to sustainability and ethics. Produce which is grown organically, farmed kindly, and hasn't travelled half the world to get to your plate. You probably also enjoy eating great meals with family and friends. However, a lot of people struggle with the steps in between…… where to find local, organic and biodynamic food?
Six years ago a group of food policy activists set about building a fair, commonly-owned, not-for-profit open source online system to fill that gap. The Open Food Network (OFN) has been built with volunteer software development, a lot of commited legends and small amounts of philanthropic funding.
"Changing the food system takes partnership and trust" - openfoodnetwork.org
OFN is now being used by growers, farmers and food & drink processors to populate a searchable online map. It takes about 5 minutes for producers to register on the map. Some even take it one step further and set up an online shopfront to sell their produce direct to local shoppers. It is also a great forum for networking with box schemes, shops, markets, food hubs and food co-ops who have set up an OFN ‘shopfront’ to sell produce from several local producers. Here is a case study from an organic farm using OFN.
OFN enables producers to link up with each other to share the costs and their existing transportation resources, to distribute their produce. It facilitates co-operation and gives control of food distribution back to producers more here.
Photo: Open Food Network UK
OFN is a not-for-profit co-operative of users who collectively decide how the open-source software will develop. Producers without their own shopfront (selling only through other people’s shopfronts) are not expected to make any financial contribution. As a platform co-operative OFN asks each shopfront (after a six month free trial) to contribute towards the running costs of OFN according to their use of the system and their ability to pay (starting at a minimum of £1 per month). Start-up enterprises need only pay this minimum until they are up and running.
Open Food Network + Fair Food Forager are talking about teaming up to fix the food system. If you have dreams about how we could make things better, please send us your thoughts. We'd love to hear from you.
Or to find out more about OFN contact email@example.com or phone Nick Weir on 01453 840037 in the UK.
You can also contact OFN in Australia as well.
Nick Weir - Open Food Network UK
We would love to work with you too. Together we can change the way the world eats.
... because ethical eating feels good!
22 Top Tips for this Plastic Free July06 Jul 2017 | Read More >
We're already a few days in to Plastic Free July. You still don’t know where to start? Okay, so some things are going to be easier than others when you first start walking this walk. It’s all doable though, and in the coming weeks we will take a deeper look at things to help. Why are we...
6 Ways to Travel Without Buying Water.13 Jul 2017 | Read More >
350 million plastic water bottles are used globally each day ...that's right! ..... THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY...MILLION! ... A DAY! That's a lot of plastic! And at a decomposition rate of 700 years or so per bottle , that's not good for our planet, to put it mildly. What can you do with it? Well,...
Dianna Cohen - Moving Toward a Plastic-Free World - Pt 106 Jan 2017 | Read More >
On a recent trip to North America, I decided to drop an email to one of my favourite organisations, The Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC). To my delight there was a quick response . Within days their CEO and inspiring co-founder, Dianna Cohen graciously set up a meeting with me . We met a few...
A Chat with Costa Part I - The Aperture of Life02 Jun 2016 | Read More >
He is arguably the most popular and enthusiastic of all hosts of ABC's Gardening Australia program. You will see him around in a number of aliases, having a good time. Regardless, the one thing that always comes with a Costa Georgiadis appearance is a contagious positivity and your sudden...
Owed to Moose28 Jul 2016 | Read More >
This one is for me, its for my best mate Moose and I! I haven’t seen him yet, I’m in the air, somewhere over NSW, but I know he isn’t there anymore. The big black, laid back, super calm shadow of me, for twelve years is no longer there. For twelve years he has followed me absolutely everywhere. If...