The_Mann_In_Black t1_j41tkhh wrote

The US has strong institutions and gains a lot of value from centralization, which is why adoption hasn’t really gone anywhere.

You’re more likely to see adoption in countries with weaker, less trustworthy, or lack of institutions like Brazil. Your average American has no strong incentive to adopt crypto currency or blockchain technology in their daily life.

I would suggest looking into adoption of coins and crypto in Brazilian agriculture.


The_Mann_In_Black t1_j41s4cz wrote

It’s interesting that the term decentralized is being primarily applied (in this discussion) to finance and the internet/communication.

I think the strongest decentralization is coming in food production and energy. Solar panels and wind allow if decentralized production. Greenhouses increase the availability and quality of food for millions of people. 3D printing, while still limited in application, allows for spare parts to be made closer to where they are used.

Centralization creates the potential for massive failure in these industries, with truly catastrophic results. Whereas in finance, the value of centralization is pretty massive and when it does fail it doesn’t directly result in death.


The_Mann_In_Black t1_j1uuquj wrote

And significantly more energy intensive and limited to certain crops. Integrate regenerative practices in row crops that can’t be brought indoors. Eat less meat. Build greenhouses as they have lower upfront and operational cost than vertical farms. And then we have distributed, resilient, and independent food production.


The_Mann_In_Black t1_j0ibdgs wrote

It is tough to study a wide ranging and dangerous animal such as bison. However, studies done on buffalo relative to cattle showed that on a similar diet they produced similar amounts of methane.

The two key differences between current production cattle and bison comes down to grazing and density differences. Nature does not naturally support the cattle density we have due to feedlots. Bison when grazing don’t chew grasses down as low as cattle, which is better for grassland ecosystems and bison roam further allowing land to rest.

If we replaced all cattle production with cellular ag and repopulated bison it would be better for ecosystems and methane emissions.

The reality is that ability to actually do this is decades upon decades away and will be very costly.