Food safety has always been one of the most common concerns among consumers all over. While buying vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and other consumables we always enquire about whether our buy is fresh or not. However, there is no chance of knowing that for sure. One has to rely on the seller’s word and there is no way to verify that. Then there is also the issue of diseased food getting circulated in the food supply chains, leading to mass contamination and sickness.
So is there a way to prevent such a food-catastrophe and an assurance that the food that is being consumed is fresh and healthy? With the use of Blockchain Technology, experts believe that the loopholes in the food supply chain and the industry as a whole can be identified and rectified.
Leaving the stage of ideation, blockchain is already making its way into the food industry, with the market leaders like Walmart, Carrefour, Unilever, Kroger, Nestle, etc. setting viable examples for others to follow. IBM’s Blockchain solution has been a driving force in this area till now and they have been associated with some of the biggest names in the industry.
So coming back to the main topic of this article, here are a few ways that blockchain can modernize the food industry.
BRING TRANSPARENCY IN THE FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
Through the distributed ledger technology one can keep track of the food items, from the point when it is grown on the farm till it reaches the market. It will keep a digital record of all the food items and the information will be open to the consumers as well, bringing transparency to the whole system starting from manufacturer or farmer to the consumer. Walmart has already used this technique in a few of their items with the help of IBM.
ENSURE FOOD SAFETY
Contamination and mass illness due to food diseases are not unheard of. Many times it takes the form of an epidemic and even great loss of life. Blockchain allows food traceability so one knows the origin of the food. Such information is golden in the investigation of foodborne diseases. It helps the suppliers and sellers to trace the contaminated food and stop the distribution immediately.
Blockchain, when applied to the food industry, makes it safer and transparent, thus increasing accountability among the ones directly involved with production and supply. Keeping track of all food items, the issue of food wastage can also be sorted with the right implementation of blockchain.
By the way that things are progressing experts are of this belief that by 2025, twenty percent in the global food supply chain will be using blockchain. That’s the appeal of innovative technology.