How Blockchain Can Help Regulators

Research Overview

Author: Alan Majer
Release Date: December 7, 2018


In collaboration with Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, researcher Alan Majer of Good Robot presents the promise and potential of blockchain applied to the safety and sustainability of Canada’s food supply. He includes in-depth interviews of Emma Weston, CEO of AgriDigital, Padraig Brennan of Bord Bia, and leaders at Agri Traçabilité Québec and BLOCKstrain. Ultimately, he describes a working model of the holistic approach that other government agencies could be taking to test blockchain solutions to pressing national problems that require public-private collaboration.

Le chercheur Alan Majer de Good Robot, en collaboration avec l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments et Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique Canada, présente les promesses et le potentiel de la blockchain appliquée à la sécurité et à la durabilité de l’approvisionnement alimentaire du Canada. Il inclut des entrevues approfondies avec Emma Weston, PDG d’AgriDigital, Padraig Brennan de Bord Bia, et des dirigeants d’Agri Traçabilité Québec et de BLOCKstrain. Il décrit un modèle de travail de l’approche globale que d’autres agences gouvernementales pourraient adopter pour tester des solutions de type blockchain aux problèmes nationaux urgents nécessitant une collaboration public-privé.

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