The future of climate change, food, and GroceryX
Anthropogenic global climate change will effect every living organism on the planet, humans not excluded. Since the 1940s, our planet has already suffered a 1° Celsius increase of its global average temperature.
The effects of this radical alteration are already evident around the globe.
Icebergs the size of small nations break from the poles.
Continuing sea level rise has flooded island countries in both the Pacific and Indian oceans and will create millions of environmental refugees by century’s end. Glaciers recede and snowfall grows lower each year, causing water scarcity in river communities sustained by spring melts. Desertification and increased drought steal arable land away from non-human organisms and human communities, forcing farmers off their land and exposing humans and animals to food shortages. The Anthropocene is now. The sixth mass extinction in Earth’s geological history is on the horizon and on our conscience. All these environmental problems and much more that went unlisted are directly caused by human burning of fossil fuels. A significant portion of fossil fuel emissions released annually are tied up with the production and transportation of food. In the United States and around the
world, a few major agricultural companies aggressively lobby against restrictions on pollution or emission regulation. These same companies transport food across the continent, undercutting local growers and racing up the fossil fuel emissions associated with every calorie of food delivered. Food wasted in transport or on the shelves of major retailers often goes unused and
is discarded; that food burns up our safe emission allowances and could have helped feed hungry families.
This is our problem, that we as a global community face, problems that will entirely wipe out the human race. Rising sea levels will come first, cities will flood and with that so too will crops. Then the weather will change, worse storms for longer periods of time. Destroying the little natural crops left, and leaving only the intensively cared for greenhouses or scientific ventures to find a new food source for the global population. During this time, we will see massive population loss on a scale that can only be counted as the newest event of extinction.
Yet, if we implement a system now that can allow for a system to start cutting back, a system that if it took over to be the central method of food acquiring, could reduce greenhouse gases by over 15% globally.
What if that system was simply a platform that allows for everyone to buy food from anyone?
It really is that simple. You see — when you look deeply at the issue of the current farming models, we have corporate chains of farms and production facilities that are the root of the problem. These conglomerates pollute on a massive scale, due to the type of equipment, SOPs, and policy restraints put upon them.
GroceryX is the solution. We want to create a platform that offers peer2peer distribution of food (such as freshly grown vegetables) in a local network.
How does it work? What about legal concerns?
Bob grows squash and tomatoes — every year. He just does it. He enjoys having fresh veggies to eat every year and it’s a nice relaxing event for him. But bob always gives away his extra tomatoes, and always eats his squash.
The problem is, bob throws a lot of those tomatoes away since he can’t find people to give it to.
Bob can do a few things:
1. He can look online to give away/sell his food. (We will expand on this below)
2. He can look locally to donate the food. (Most the time, donation facilities won’t accept food unless its from someone who has state and local licenses to produce food such as farms/restaurants)
3. He throws it away (its the easiest isn’t it?)
Bob looks online and he searches around, but darn. He can’t find a single place that will let him post his tomatoes for sell. He thinks, maybe I’ll post on craigslist…..but even that platform has no section for food.
Bob soon learns that currently there are no online platforms that allow a person to sell home grown/made food. The reason behind this is simple: Laws, liability, and payment processors.
Every city, state, country has their own separate laws for food handling and food sales. Yet, they all have some means of allowing for the activity to happen. The issue with online platforms is that there is no platform that can either cater to all these laws, or require the user to cater to these laws.
No online platform such as Amazon, eBay, Etsy, etc…. allow for food sales. In very rare cases Amazon has fresh food listed for some local areas. Yet these are not places Bob can go to list, he is not a store. The reason these platforms do not allow for bob to sell his food is due to the risk that if he doesn’t do it properly and if his food hurts someone. Then the online platform and their payment processor could be held liable. This is the real reason there are no platforms to sell food — the liability risks.
No credit card payment processor will process transactions for an online food platform due to the risk of liability listed above. This prevents any online food platform from popping up.
So all in all — there is no possibility of Bob selling his food online.
Until now. GroceryX solves, all three of the above problems in unique ways and that is why it is such an exciting project that can change the world.
Payment Processors = Ethereum
Ethereum is the payment processor to handle transactions. There are no liability concerns from this end. Ethereum has allowed GroceryX to create an ERC20 standard token, so that users can acquire these tokens and use the service as they normally would if they had fiat. The reason the FOOD token is great for the consumer and the Ethereum network is that, we will offer these tokens for direct sell to the user, instantly when they want to place an order. We also have a pool of 400m tokens that we will slowly feed out into the environment to help boost adoption and growth.
Removing third parties such as payment processors is important in the chain of liability since it narrows it down to just GroceryX and the user.
Fortunately for GroceryX — the terms and use of our software will help remove a lot of these liabilities. For example, our TOS will require that all food sellers: are completely responsible for whatever they list, and we are in no way affiliated with their product. They will be required to abide by all state and local laws. The food seller will be removed from the service if they are reported for violations of these rules. These are only some of the preventive measures our legal team has developed. We have a plan of action for multiple different scenarios and are working on as many different liability concerns as possible. But we are very sure these concerns are minimal and have planned accordingly for the potential risks.
After requiring every user abide by their own state’s/local area’s laws there will be the incentive to follow this policy due to being locked out of your account and banned from the service. Furthermore, please review an example version of our TOS with the important points. These are not the final TOS of GroceryX and will change, but just for anyone who speaks legalese…
· PRESALE: All FOOD tokens sold through GroceryX, by GroceryX, or tokens that originated from GroceryX’s wallet, are not: securities, shares in GroceryX Int’l, a representation of anything similar to securities, or shares in a business, have no association to resemble shares or part of a company, in any way, shape, or form. The FOOD tokens sold, are sold as digital goods, in order to use the GroceryX platform. All FOOD tokens are created solely for their use on the GroceryX platform, and cannot be used in any other way.
• LICENSE. If you are 18 or older, we grant you a limited, revocable, nonexclusive, nonassignable, nonsublicensable license to access GroceryX in compliance with the TOU; unlicensed access is unauthorized. You agree not to license, distribute, make derivative works, display, sell, or “frame” content from GroceryX, excluding content you create and sharing with friends/family. You grant us a perpetual, irrevocable, unlimited, worldwide, fully paid/sublicensable license to use, copy, perform, display, distribute, and make derivative works from content you post.
• USE. You agree not to use or provide software (except for general purpose web browsers and email clients, or software expressly licensed by us) or services that interact or interoperate with GroceryX, e.g. for downloading, uploading, posting, flagging, emailing, search, or mobile use. Robots, spiders, scripts, scrapers, crawlers, etc. are prohibited, as are misleading, unsolicited, unlawful, and/or spam postings/email. You agree not to collect users’ personal and/or contact information (“PI”).
• MODERATION. You agree we may moderate GroceryX access and use in our sole discretion, e.g. by blocking (e.g. IP addresses), filtering, deletion, delay, omission, verification, and/or access/account/license termination. You agree (1) not to bypass said moderation, (2) we are not liable for moderating, not moderating, or representations as to moderating, and (3) nothing we say or do waives our right to moderate, or not. All site rules, e.g. groceryx.io/about/prohibited, are incorporated herein.
• SALES. You authorize us to charge your account for GroceryX fees. Unless noted, fees are in US dollars; tax is additional. To the extent permitted by law, fees are nonrefundable, even for posts we remove. We may refuse purchases, which may place a hold on your account.
• DISCLAIMER. MANY JURISDICTIONS HAVE LAWS PROTECTING CONSUMERS AND OTHER CONTRACT PARTIES, LIMITING THEIR ABILITY TO WAIVE CERTAIN RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. WE RESPECT SUCH LAWS; NOTHING HEREIN SHALL WAIVE RIGHTS OR RESPONSIBILITIES THAT CANNOT BE WAIVED.
• To the extent permitted by law, (1) we make no promise as to GroceryX, its completeness, accuracy, availability, timeliness, propriety, security or reliability; (2) your access and use are at your own risk, and GroceryX is provided “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE”; (3) we are not liable for any harm resulting from (a) user content; (b) user conduct, e.g. illegal conduct; © your GroceryX use; or (d) our representations; (4) WE AND OUR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES (“GroceryX ENTITIES”), DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES & CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT; (5) GroceryX ENTITIES ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS (E.G. OF PROFIT, REVENUE, DATA, OR GOODWILL); (6) IN NO EVENT SHALL OUR TOTAL LIABILITY EXCEED $100 OR WHAT YOU PAID US IN THE PAST YEAR.
• CLAIMS. You agree (1) any claim, cause of action or dispute (“Claim”) arising out of or related to the TOU or your GroceryX use is governed by California (“CA”) law regardless of your location or any conflict or choice of law principle; (2) Claims must be resolved exclusively by state or federal court in San Francisco, CA (except we may seek injunctive remedy anywhere); (3) to submit to personal jurisdiction of said courts; (4) any Claim must be filed by 1 year after it arose or be forever barred; (5) not to bring or take part in a class action against GroceryX Entities; (6) (except government agencies) to indemnify GroceryX Entities for any damage, loss, and expense (e.g. legal fees) arising from claims related to your GroceryX use; (7) you are liable for TOU breaches by affiliates (e.g. marketers) paid by you, directly or indirectly (e.g. through an affiliate network); and (8) to pay us for breaching or inducing others to breach the “USE” section, not as a penalty, but as a reasonable estimate of our damages (actual damages are often hard to calculate): $0.10 per server request, $1 per listing, email, comment, or account created, $1 per item of PI collected, and $1000 per software distribution, capped at $25,000 per day.
• Non-Disclosure Agreement. During the development of all content, business ideas, sales propositions, general strategy and anything else herein that applies to business development of GroceryX — All users are required to maintain confidentiality similar to a standard industry Non-Disclosure Agreement.
• MISC. Users complying with prior written licenses may access GroceryX thereby until authorization is terminated. Otherwise, this is the exclusive and entire agreement between us. If a TOU term is unenforceable, other terms are unaffected.
So now Bob has a location he can sell his food. He can create an account and become a food seller. Depending on the food he is going to sell (which is his freshly grown veggies) he only needs to follow his local laws regarding the transfer of grown vegetables. If bob lives in one of the many U.S states that allows for farm grown vegetables to be sold without a license, he can sell his food right away. This process will be completely automated depending on which state the user is located in. Once bob has his account up and ready….
He can trade his tomatoes for FOOD tokens, and then turn around and cash those food tokens out for fiat through GroceryX, or…. He can buy more food with his tokens. Effectively turning his tomatoes he was going to waste, into any other food he wants to buy.
What about Alice?
Alice gets this new app called GroceryX — she heard it gave her free food every month like Uber gives free rides. She was curious, so she downloaded it.
Alice can now shop around looking for food to buy in her area. She likes those smoothies and they are pretty close by, so she might use her food tokens and get one for free. She messages the seller and starts a line of communication to see how the seller wants to accept the transaction.
As you can see GroceryX is a very unique platform that can be totally revolutionary. We are hoping to make a real difference in the future of climate change and produce distribution. We plan to reduce the fossil fuel emissions associated with food production and transportation by simply growing our userbase. We even offer free tokens to use for food, every month. We are trying to help feed the needy, save the world and expose the general public to cryptocurrencies. This is one of the most exciting cryptocurrency startups in 2017.
For more information, please look into our whitepaper and visit our website at http://www.groceryx.io
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