The proposed is part of the SW British Columbia Bio-regional Food System Design and Plan study. We intend to elucidate environmental impacts/stewardship potentials of future food system choices, incorporating critical environmental stewardship/enhancement elements into a design that maximizes food self-reliance. We have identified a suite of environmental indicators for quantification, modeling, & monitoring of impacts of food production on soil, air & water quality, climate change, biodiversity & ecological footprint, to quantify the current status of food production in SWBC. We will model how outcomes may change given population growth, climate change impact and agricultural land diminution & explore options for increasing regional food production while protecting water resources & habitat, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, & lowering our food ecological footprint. We will then work with stakeholders to ID & develop strategies for minimizing tradeoffs to design a system to achieve multiple objectives of environmental stewardship, increasing food self-reliance, a robust economy.