Agriculture Has Problems That Might Be Bigger Than Blockchain

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Jenny Splitter

Blockchain technology has emerged as a viable solution for many of the issues facing agriculture and other fields. Scientists are now describing food safety as one of the ways in which blockchain technology may be beneficial. Learn more about blockchain technology and how it can monitor and prohibit the food contamination by quickly identifying outbreak sources through the blockchain technology in this excerpt from Forbes.

“There’s nothing blockchain can do that a database software program can’t do,” says Sarah Taber, a crop scientist based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, recalling a conversation with a colleague about whether blockchain could be agriculture’s food safety holy grail. Taber, an outspoken critic of the technology, says the industry should be looking within to solve food safety problems first. “It’s not the tool that’s the problem,” she argues. “It’s the people.”

The food industry has experienced a number of foodborne disease outbreaks this year, most notably in romaine lettuce and ground beef. And on December 13, Adam Bros. Farming, a California grower named by the FDA as a source of the most recent romaine outbreak, issued yet another recall, albeit precautionary, this time of its cauliflower and red and green leaf lettuce.

In the past year, the food industry has begun looking to technology, specifically blockchain, as a solution to foodborne disease outbreaks. Most notably, Walmart announced that in 2019, all of its leafy greens suppliers would be required to join its blockchain in order to continue supplying to its stores.

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