Episode 178. Blockchain and Agriculture

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Jeff Schahczenski, NCAT agricultural and natural resource economist, and Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt discuss issues surrounding the possibly disruptive technology of blockchain as used in agriculture and food supply chain management.

Blockchain technology is often described as a system that maintains a record of transactions across several computers that are linked to a peer-to-peer network, which allows for the easy distribution of digital information.

Tanzanian-born Marieke is founder of The New Fork, a blockchain company based in Amsterdam. The New Fork builds new technologies for agri-food supply chains, specializing in blockchain.

Marieke’s fascination with agri-food started while she was travelling in Africa at the age of 17. She began her career with computer science at Wageningen University and worked on farm data for more than 20 years, covering more than 50 countries. She returned to Wageningen University to fulfil several management positions, became director of a software company that digitizes compliance processes, and founded The New Fork in 2017.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Jeff Schahczenski directly at jeffs@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Knowing the Real Value of Food: Blockchain in a New Sustainable Food Economy

Other Resources:

The New Fork

Blockchain and the Resurrection of Consumer Sovereignty in a Sustainable Food Economy

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Who’s the Fairest of Them All: The Case for Public Blockchains

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