Walmart Is Hoping a Blockchain Can Clean Up China’s Dirty Pork Industry

Walmart Is Hoping a #Blockchain Can Clean Up China’s Dirty Pork Industry

  • China’s appetite for pork has spiked over the last decade, and its farming sector has struggled to meet demand.
  • In 2006, the country consumed 46 million metric tons of pork, according to the US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service.
  • A customer buys pork at a supermarket in Yichang city, central China’s Hubei province.
  • Blockchain may be a good solution for health risks in the short term, but in the long term, experts agree we need to focus on how to curb global meat consumption to a more sustainable level-not make it even easier and cheaper to get pork chops at Walmart.
  • China has been trying to counteract the rising popularity of more Western meats like pork and beef by pledging to reduce the country’s overall meat consumption by 50 percent by 2030.

A new pilot project aims to track the food supply more closely, to avoid the safety scares of the past.
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Swiss railway ticket machines to sell Bitcoin digital currency

Swiss railway ticket machines to sell #bitcoin digital currency - BBC News

  • Swiss railway ticket machines to sell Bitcoin digital currency
  • One Bitcoin currently equals around 708.64 Swiss Francs, but it is possible to buy fractions of the currency.
  • From 11 November, customers will be able to trade Swiss francs for Bitcoins using ticket machines.
  • Transactions will be capped at 500 Swiss Francs (£415 / $500) each.
  • How one Chinese woman bought herself a house

Switzerland’s national rail service will begin selling the digital currency Bitcoin at ticket machines.
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Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops

Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops #FinTech #GeneticallyModifiedFood(GMOs)

  • s Were Supposed to Increase Crop Yields
  • Genetically modified varieties introduced in the U.S.
  • s Were Supposed to Lessen Pesticide Use
  • In the last three decades, corn yields in Western Europe have largely kept pace with those in the United States.
  • Europe did not embrace the technology it achieved increases in yield and decreases in pesticide use on a par with, or even better than, the United States, where genetically modified crops are widely grown.

About 20 years ago, the United States and Canada began introducing genetic modifications in agriculture. Europe did not embrace the technology, yet it achieved increases in yield and decreases in pesticide use on a par with, or even better than, the United States, where genetically modified crops are widely grown.
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Swiss railway ticket machines to sell Bitcoin digital currency

  • Swiss railway ticket machines to sell Bitcoin digital currency
  • One Bitcoin currently equals around 708.64 Swiss Francs, but it is possible to buy fractions of the currency.
  • From 11 November, customers will be able to trade Swiss francs for Bitcoins using ticket machines.
  • Transactions will be capped at 500 Swiss Francs (£415 / $500) each.
  • How one Chinese woman bought herself a house

Switzerland’s national rail service will begin selling the digital currency Bitcoin at ticket machines.
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Iceland election: voting begins with opposition parties ahead in polls

  • Iceland election: voting begins with opposition parties ahead in polls
  • About 245,000 Icelanders are eligible to vote in election that could bring major gains for anti-establishment Pirate party
  • Voting has started in Iceland in one of the tightest elections in years, with the anti-establishment Pirate party on course to make major gains that could propel it into government for the first time.
  • If the party fares as well as polls have predicted, it aims to form a new coalition government in the country’s 63-seat parliament, the Althingi, with three other broadly leftist opposition parties, the Left-Greens, the Social Democrats and the Bright Future Movement.
  • Ahead of the parliamentary election on 29 October, we’d like to hear about the mood in Iceland and your hopes for the country’s political future

About 245,000 Icelanders are eligible to vote in election that could bring major gains for anti-establishment Pirate party
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Swiss rail service to sell Bitcoin at ticket machines

Swiss rail service to sell #bitcoin at ticket machines

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‘Swiss rail service to sell Bitcoin at ticket machines’ on Yahoo Finance UK. Bitcoin has stirred interest as a way to move money around the world with no fees or bank involvement, but secrecy surrounding the currency, including its creator, have led to some questions on its stability …
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Bitcoin now accepted by Europe’s largest gift card marketplace

  • By Elisabeth O’Leary EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will also mean leaving the EU single market, one of Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet ministers said on Thursday. “
  • LONDON (Reuters) – Ireland is having more “substantive discussions” with firms looking to leave Britain in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, its central bank governor Philip Lane said on Friday.
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  • While the presence of migrants there is not new, it has grown substantially this week, Colombe Brossel, Paris deputy mayor in charge of security issues, told Reuters.
  • Daniel Zelkind, co-founder of Zeek said: “The UK government has expressed support for digital currencies, but it’s still difficult to pay for everyday items.

Zeek, Europe’s largest gift card marketplace, is now accepting Bitcoin payment, making high street and supermarket purchases using the digital currency possible for thousands of UK consumers. Using the platform, which enables consumers to buy and sell gift cards at discounted rates, Bitcoin users
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Zcashing in: cryptocurrencies 2016-10-28

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  • One day, perhaps, this will unite the market with some kind of ÜberCoin-putting a smile back on central bankers’ faces.
  • Competing forms of currency are a libertarian’s sweetest dream, and a central banker’s nightmare.
  • The currencies represent different trade-offs between complexity, performance, cost and other factors, so each may find a niche.
  • Transactions are shielded from prying eyes by a cryptographic scheme based on what are called zero-knowledge proofs ( the “Z” in the name).

​Competing forms of currency are a libertarian’s sweetest dream, and a central banker’s
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Another crypto-currency is born

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  • After a governance crisis, the Bitcoin community thinks it has found a way to increase the system’s capacity (which has reached its limit: many transactions are being delayed).
  • The new digital cash is minted more quickly and the system can handle more transactions.
  • Zcash’s code is also open-source, but its inventors have formed a company and accepted money from investors.
  • And some coders are working on ways to connect different blockchains.

Another crypto-currency is born
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