This document is intended to provide an overview of the potential application of internet-connected sensor devices and a blockchain-based alternative ownership model in the context of a rural agricultural community. The proposal builds upon the existing business model known as Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), which aims to create mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and local communities by involving CSA members/subscribers in the production and decision-making processes.The FarmShare application serves as a platform for facilitating collaboration between farmers and shareholders, which has generally proved difficult for CSA organizations relying on traditional modes of planning and communication.
This looks to be the start of a very interesting discussion on the combination of Blockchain technologies in Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA).
The resulting benefits in areas such as decentralisation, localisation and resiliency should be great. As with all young technologies there will be pitfalls along the way. But the innovation in the cryptofinance space has been rapid and there is already several project that are making rapid progress.
Similar to our media’s obsession with body image which is causing disorders in our population, there is also an obsession with ‘food image’ that has been build over the years largely by advertising.
This has contributed to a lot of waste of perfectly fine food in the traditional industrial supply chain. Some producers have no other options than compost or feed such ‘misfits’ to animals.
I recently came across a project in Germany called ‘Culinary Misfits’ (see link below) that has made a point of changing these perceptions and do something about this issue. These guys have created a shop for selling food that has been rejected by mainstream food distribution systems. Which helps both producers and some organisations helping to feed more disadvantaged sectors of the community. They are also running courses and there are some lovely images generated via Social Media.
This is a great example of the use of “Open Source” concepts related to agriculture, resiliency and self-sufficiency. OTF is dedicated to developing new and improved, open source versions of modern and cutting-edge technologies. In the open source spirit, they are creating free, online, high quality educational resources demonstrating how to understand, redesign, and replicate our products.
It covers not only the skills, designs and the train of thought behind the development process but also the facilities, tools, and materials that it takes to really make a variety of technologies but also to develop and document open hardware, manufacture products for sale, and host public workshops to provide a hands-on learning experience for improved skill development and retention.
I came across this very worthwhile project deserving widespread support: Open source seeds.
Open source seeds might come with documentation and a paper licence agreement that grants growers certain rights, may encourage them to share physical seeds, and may even provide certain constraints on how they can share the progeny of seeds developed from the resultant plants.
I have been following the work of Dr. Vandana Shiva for a number of years and this project certainly deserves peoples support as a counter-current to the trend of patenting plant seeds (http://www.no-patents-on-seeds.org/).
This is a project aiming at developing and documenting Open Source solutions to Community Sustainable Living and Urban Farming. They are using crowd funding sources very successfully to get community support. All in all a good model for similar minded people on how you can fund something you believe in.