How one farm is looking to implement a vine-to-table process using blockchain to improve freshness, transparency and resolve food safety issues.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, more than 30 percent of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted. A Salinas, Calif.-based farm is looking to change that by implementing a vine-to-table process using blockchain technology to improve freshness, transparency and resolve food safety issues.
Once the blockchain technology is released, Naturipe Farms shoppers will be able to use the technology by scanning a QR code on their package of berries to see proof of where their fruit was grown and learn about the farm responsible for growing their food.
Naturipe has partnered with SAP, a business software company based in Newtown Square, Pa., to develop the blockchain technology.
No one can change any information in the blockchain. Only those with permissions can see the information, guaranteeing a product’s history and legitimacy.
Analysis of this data will help farmers use less water and other resources. This combination of big data, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and predictive analytics allows farmers to grow only what shoppers want to buy, thus reducing food waste.
According to Somitsch, new certification requirements mandate that Naturipe prove the origin and safety of their fruit.
McMillan agreed that with the development of a product like blockchain, there is the potential of narrowing the scope of a recall and thus reducing the volume of product disposed of in the event of a recall.
“By pioneering this technology with SAP, we are hoping to lead a movement in the produce industry that minimizes waste and promotes transparent sustainability practices.”