So delulo asked me a question in a PM - I'm posting it here for others to think about (with his permission) and my response below. I would love to generate conversation around the need, or not, for the production of physical items (specifically food) to have integrated blockchains.
Hey, can it be said (in short) why a DAC (decentralized ledger) is required for the robot food production idea you have?
I *think* a DAC would be best suited for the monetization of a distributed food production platform and for securing the integrity (health safety) of the food produced.
Looking for people who can help me prove whether its necessary or not. I believe it is and I'm willing to put in the research to find out
I may have missed the part where you explain how exactly you intend to use the blockchain, is sound interesting but is is still vague. Can you please explains the details a bit more ?
I think an easier way of describing what I'm thinking is to attempt to draw similarities between food production and bitcoin (specifically thinking about the mining process and the problem of centralization) in which Growing food = "mining". There are only a few companies that basically control the global food production (Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, BASF, Bayer, DOW, etc..)
(Green = seed companies, White = chemical companies)
I envision the platform as a whole may operate in something like a 2 tier multi-chain blockchain implementation; whereas in similar fashion as currently applies to bitcoin through POW, I would call "Proof of Growth" POG (shout out to robrigo for coining the term during one of our chats on G+) for food production. This first tier (POG) would be responsible for the tracking of the production and the physical output of food. The second tier would be utilized for the monetization of the network in a profitable
way utilizing BitShares as the backbone a la DPOS.
Breaking it down in further detail:
The problem I'm striving to solve is:
- Farmers will need hardware systems to autonomously grow food (FTF is working on engineering these initial systems and they most definitely will be "application specific" )
- The first tier integration of a blockchain - I'm hypothesizing - would be to track and secure (through a public ledger) the production of every plant grown in the network (what an upgrade from farming today right?). By "secure" I would define as the anonymous (or not) validation that: "this particular plant has been grown to standards as agreed upon by the consensus of the platform" (i.e. no detection of harmful chemicals founds (pesticides, fungicides, etc.); no disease witnessed during production cycle; etc.)
- The second tier integration of a blockchain would be with regards to monetization and incentive structure for the farmer's themselves. As this would operate in the form factor of a decentralized neural network - there will inevitably nodes in the platform that are more efficient due to the input effort and knowledge of the corresponding farmer (THIS is where I believe the potential of a DAC TRULY exists. It's a network that can operate incorruptibly, but enables the input of human resources that can be capitalized.) I believe the network should objectively reward the most efficient farming systems as these are what the rest of the network nodes will strive to replicate and pull information from.
Food production is controlled by only a handful of companies (called an Agropoly - Here is GREAT resource I just found: http://www.econexus.info/sites/econexus/files/Agropoly_Econexus_BerneDeclaration_wide-format.pdf
How do we incentivize a structure that rewards farmers for sharing information to make food production orders of magnitude more efficient, orders of magnitude less expensive, orders of magnitude safer for consumption & the environment, and completely incorruptible?
I believe, the answer is in blockchains. Thoughts?