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Blockchain improves transparency and sustainability

There is a lot that people want to know about food. Are farmers getting a fair price? What is the situation with pest control? Economists at Wageningen are researching ways of sharing that kind of information quickly and safely. One way is through blockchain, a technology that acts a digital ledger using a chain of data blocks stored in a computer network. Blockchain is a way of providing farmers, consumers and other stakeholders with information, and it simplifies certification and fraud detection. In agriculture, it can be used to improve transparency, sustainability, and fair compensation.