High-quality ingredients do not always yield high-quality food. With misleading labels, harmful shipping practices, and farming methods that are less-than-ethical, consumers, restaurants, and small farmers alike are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting the best quality food items. Luckily, improvements in blockchain and food sensor technologies allow all people who consume or work in the food industry the agency to be as informed as possible about what’s going into their restaurants, stores, and bodies.
Consumers today are more quality conscious and informed than ever; people want higher quality, fresher products, with more people turning to plant-based food items than ever before. However, just because a product is made of high-quality ingredients doesn’t mean the product itself is high quality.
Improvements in food sensor technology allow consumers to track the ingredients in their food. Blockchain allows us to create public databases, called ledgers, where the food sensor data is recorded and stored, so it can’t be falsified, keeping people shipping food and grocery stores that sell it more honest. This transparency creates consumer security and automatic access to the global food supply chain, making it easier for cooperation across all groups, including food producers, sellers, and buyers. Blockchain also ensures higher standards for food safety and a healthier, more efficient supply chain. In my own work, I plan to utilize blockchain to increase transparency between the people who grow the foods for my team to continually innovate and the people who buy from me. This technology will create a stronger culture of accountability, ensuring companies use sustainable, ethical farming practices and shipping methods the maintain the integrity of the food.
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