Food is treated as a private good in today's industrial food system, but it must be re-conceived as a common good in the transition toward a more sustainable food system that is fairer to food producers and consumers. If we were to treat food as a commons, it could be better produced and distributed by hybrid tri-centric governance systems implemented at the local level and compounded by market rules, public regulations, and collective actions. This change would have enormous ethical, legal, economic, and nutritional implications for the global food system. A common resource versus a commodity. Photo by Natalie Maynor under a Creative Commons license from Flicker.Photo by Natalie Maynor under a Creative Commons license from Flicker.