An overview of how blockchain is being used to improve food and agriculture supply chains around the world.

The blockchain community has come a long way over the past couple of years. We have moved from a focus on cryptocurrencies to a wider understanding of different ways we can leverage blockchain technology across industries. I’ve counted more than fifty different initiatives focused on food and agriculture around the world that are doing more than just raising funds through an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) to build a platform. …


Below are a variety of different Beijing and China resources that I’ve recommended to foreign students and other newcomers in China in the past. This list came together over the almost eight years I lived in Beijing. It is not exhaustive but it will give anyone new to China a good introduction to a variety of organizations and issues.

I’m now back in the U.S., where I still mentor students and other young people who are interested in China. …


A common error message displayed when someone attempts to view a censored website. In this case, I attempted to access TikTik via a server in India, where the website is blocked by censorship.

So you’re thinking about getting a VPN. Welcome to the club. I’ve used one for years. Why are you considering one?

As with many things in life, there is no one-size-fits-all. A VPN that meets my needs may not meet yours, and vice versa. In order to choose the best one for you, it’s helpful to be clear on why you want it and how you will use it.

I started using a VPN while I lived in China, where government censorship blocked access to many of the sites that we take for granted in the U.S. — Facebook, Google…


Do you have a new business focused on food or agriculture, or are you thinking about starting one? Many entrepreneurs apply to incubator or accelerator programs to help them grow their companies. The two terms are sometimes used interchangeably but they mean different things to people who work with startups. Incubators usually focus on helping founders develop their product or idea into a revenue-producing company, while accelerators generally focus on companies that have an existing product and customers and help those companies grow.

Red and yellow tomatoes on display at a farmers market in Beijing, China. Photo by Alicia Noel.

Accelerator programs exist around the world and they are not all equal. You’ll want to research several…

Alicia Noel

Researching the food supply (block)chain. And eating a lot of different (vegetarian) foods along the way.

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