Creating a new system for establishing food security and independence
Using resource/service sharing and block chain technology
When I go on my morning walks, I take pleasure in admiring the diverse plant life in my neighborhood. One day, I was walking and imagined a world where people use their land to grow food (instead of solely aesthetic landscaping), coordinate for crop diversity with their neighbors, and exchange at local food trades (or have it delivered). In this world you don’t spend money on food. Instead you contribute to some part of your local food supply chain, whether it’s letting people use your land, tending to land, preparing food, delivering it, or buying locally. Everyone gets to eat diverse, home prepared and fresh-picked food, and there would be no additives, artificial flavorings, harmful processing, or genetic modification. In this world, there’s a lot less disease and humanity as a whole has eliminated food from Moslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
With the recent experimentation in the sharing economgy and blockchain technology, there is a lot of wisdom to be applied to an idea like this. Sharing apps like Uber show us the potential in getting people to come together to complete specific transactions, and blockchain technologies like Ethereum allow us to envision a world where resource/service providers are not treated as dispensable mechanical parts by third-party entities that control the infrastructure. If people could share land and resources to produce their own food, we can say bye-bye to the corrupt food industry that’s busy exploiting the planet and taste buds. We need to claim independence from from these pernicious corporations and become food independent.
How I think something like this could be built
There needs to be a virtual currency that rewards actual physical transactions. Ethereum smart contracts are logical scripts that process digital transactions. There needs to be a way to process physical transactions as digital transactions using QR codes, phone taps or something. There also needs to be a way to make sure that physical transactions are validated by preceding nodes to ensure user integrity. Then from that point, you’d just create an interface around a farm-to-table process that would allow people to share their resource/service at any point in return for virtual currency. The virtual currency is then used to purchase food. (experiment idea: give people money for eating food to reduce waste and unnecessary production)
You would also need to have a general understanding of local climate and crop diversity, resource requirements for different crops, and the value of a given crop in a network (based on availability, rarity, resource requirements, etc.) if you wanted to regulate a currency around food supply. You would need to know the legalities of land sharing. Process authentication is probably the most difficult component to figure out. The question that would be asked is, if you purchase food, how can you create a blockchain to describe every stage of the supply chain it went through in detail?
A world where people grow their own food
If people actually grew their own food they would be more connected to Mother Earth and her intimate processes. They would learn to appreciate each bearing that nature provides, be patient, and less wasteful. If there’s one thing the entire world has in common is a love for food. People bond over food. So if an entire community or neighborhood was involved in supplying their own food, they would just be so much more intimate with each other.
For something like this to happen, people on the Standard American Diet need to become more food conscious and realize that they are being taken advantage of by the people they buy food from. I think that’s already happening. People are waking up and learning more about nutrition and plant-based diets. Now what they need is a solution, and I think this concept is an attempt at that.