The United States National Pork Board, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, has teamed up with Blockchain-driven startup Ripe.io examine a Blockchain platform for pork supply chains. With this collaboration, the board can utilize a Blockchain-based system to supervise and assess sustainability practices, food safety standards, livestock health, and environmental protections.
The National Pork Board is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service whose purpose is to offer consumer information, perform industry-related research, and foster pork as a food product. The board’s activities are funded by a mandatory commodity checkoff program that requires hog producers to pay a small percentage-based fee each time an animal is sold. As per the reports, the Ripe.io platform will offer insight into the production environment of pork, making it transparent and enabling parties to make sure legitimate certifications. Additionally, Ripe.io said that the information in the system will stay anonymous. Ripe.io Co-founder, Raja Ramachandran pointed out that through blockchain, customers like the National Pork Board can enable its organization and members to create shared, immutable trusted records that address critical food issues such as sustainability, quality, traceability, waste, and fraud. Moreover, waste from large-scale pig farming has reportedly become a problematic concern for states’ inhabitants like Iowa and North Carolina, where the industry has a significant presence. With this vast amount of waste created by pig farms has significantly affected the groundwater in several areas.
Though, Blockchain technology has been implemented by several firms around the world with the purpose of allowing greater supply chain efficiency. According to the report, North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood firm Bumble Bee Foods recently introduced a Blockchain platform for seafood traceability in collaboration with German tech company SAP. With this move, the new platform can ostensibly keep an eye on the supply chain of yellowfin tuna from Indonesia to end customers.