Another interesting idea is, would the food spoil and if it does maybe you could freeze dry or vacuum seal it to stop/slow spoilage. They already mentioned there being animal NPCs so maybe you could feed and breed them, and breeding could take 1 to 2 hours.
An interesting idea I have about arkification is that, on the arkship there could be an NPC that would sell these tokens for massive amounts of money and there would only be one per player, they can't be sold between players, you can only arkify your TU, and if you de-arkify you lose the token and must buy another(this process would take a long time and can be canceled at any point). mainly so that pvp gameplay can be hurt as little as possible. What do you think.