Can Blockchain Technology Help Track Food throughout the Supply Chain?


Eating patterns play a huge role in defining packaging of food products. Lack of strong packaging can lead to an array of health problems. From farm to table food, it changes many hands during transit. These result in food contamination causing food poisoning, sometimes also causing death. During transit, the food record lies with local vendors. For instance, a farmer keeps logs the number of bags delivered at warehouse. Similarly, warehouses keep record of bags sent to retail stores.

Therefore, the data regarding food and packaging is scattered and there is no access to it, too. However, advance technologies can throw some light into the darkness. Combination of two technologies can improve food packaging and reduce wastage.

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Blockchain stands as one of the technologies that can help enhance food packaging and reducing wastage. It will help track food, an issue that the food and beverages industry is fighting to resolve.

The decentralization of the data helps in multiple ledger entries in multiple locations, on respective computers. The redundancy of data makes it impossible to tamper and keeps the data trustworthy. IBM offers a cloud based blockchain platform for food known as Food Trust. Many major food service providers are leveraging the benefits of it.

This technology provides end to end solution by integrating the growers, distributers, and retailers on one platform. With the help of this advance technology Walmart was able to locate the contaminated food and its origin in few seconds.

The food researchers are developing a small sensor that will indicate the quality of the food that is in a packed form. The new technology will help the food to change color if they are exposed to beyond permissible temperature.

High cost may restrain this technology, nonetheless human safety and health will take paramount position while leveraging this technology.