Oregon Farmers Use Blockchain To Track crops

Intel headed a project tracking grown berries in Oregon from the field to the processor using blockchain technology.

Recenlty, Intel led a project tracking locally grown berries in Oregon from the field to the processor using blockchain technology. Blockchain technology is an emerging technology widely associated with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but is now also proving to be a valuable tool for agriculture.
 
In simple terms Blockchain can be understood as a shared digital ledger that records every transaction in a supply chain.
 
Blockchain allows various parties to access and submit data over a network of computers, including when and where a crop was harvested, packed, exported and retailed to customers. Here, each “block” of data is linked, creating a "chain" of information that enables anyone to spontaneously track a commodity from the field all the way to the grocery store.
 
Blockchain for agriculture 
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In this project, Intel placed remote sensors in crates of berries arriving by truck from Sinn Farms in nearby Silverton, monitoring location, temperature and other environmental factors in real time.
 
Then the data from the sensors was uploaded to blockchain, allowing supervisors to monitor the shipments and determine if they met any problems or delays en route to stores. Reported bendbulletin.
 
Intel’s global supply chain IOT senior manager, Ninette Vaz, said the project was a success.
 
Food safety regulators in Oregon are confident that blockchain will lessen the time it takes to trace back the source of a food-borne disease outbreak from days or weeks to minutes or even seconds, helping to decrease illnesses while issuing more precise recalls.
 
Growers benefit by ensuring their fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood are as fresh as possible by the time it reaches customers.
 
Well, many big brand retailers from around the globe are already beginning to adopt blockchain to trace fresh produce. IBM started its Food Trust Network, in 2017, which includes retail giant Walmart.
 
The potential for blockchain in farming is not limited to track and trace. Jim Cupples, a tech entrepreneur in Springfield, has developed a new platform dubbed AgCheck, flying drones over farms and uploading the pictures to blockchain to confirm farmers are using sustainable practices.
 
Cupples said, "You can use drones to verify things that are visible,...It allows that assurance that it’s not just the first 10 acres from the road that’s using regenerative practices.


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