Miquel Cardiel (ELISAVA, Barcelona, Spain)

Self-organising citizens defending their interests

Consumers want to know about the origins of the food they buy. Distributed digital ledgers (such as blockchain) provide an easy way to certify that the backstories of the foodstuffs they buy are genuine. Transparency comes with blockchain-based timestamping of a date and location. In this future, as a result of globalisation major world powers are no longer so powerful. There is, instead, a global common political order. Governments have lost strength, and the population is organized into groups of people with of the urge to protest and to solve things for themselves. Individuals defend their interests by belonging to different groups. In this future, one particular group uses a decentralized system such as Ethereum blockchain to create a secure network. This allows the consumer buying food to be certain that the producer of the foodstuff purchased has not been the victim of extortion due to drug trafficking, or has not caused harm or other issues in the supply chain.  


1 comment

  • jmswitters

    A very scary future scenario which I hope does not come true. With the explosion and sometimes misuse of labels such as “organic”, “bio” and “fair trade” could a similar type of system be used to guarantee the authenticity of these types of products?

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