Now first real tomatoes on blockchain – Courtesy Ripe.io
Get ready to experience “transparency in every byte of food” with the Ripe.io’s IoT, Blockchain and Analytics Technology for tomatoes.
Ripe.io has recently partnered with The Cornucopia Project and Analog Devices, Inc. with the intention to transform local food supply chain with its “Blockchain of Food”. For this venture, Ripe.io, Ripe Technology, INC., would be using its innovative software and technology stack like Blockchain and IoT devices to identify, trace, establish quality and taste profiles of tomatoes.
In coordination with the Cornucopia Project, a non-profit agricultural education organization based in Peterborough, NH, the plan and objective of this partnership is to give local farmers and students from ConVal Regional High School an exposure to innovative tools that can reinforce existing farming practices to facilitate improvements in traceability, transparency and quality. Combining IoT devices and Blockchain together can lead to accurate real-time monitoring and tracking of the conditions and movement of produce through the food supply chain.
Farm to Fork program by Cornucopia trains their student farmer “Fellows” on how advanced sensor instrumentation in their fields can provide crucial data to assess the attributes of tomatoes, and the impact of these factors on taste and quality. The organization also aims to educate students on ways to track crops throughout the agricultural supply chain to ensure food quality, traceability, sustainability, and nutrition.
Karen Hatcher, Executive Director of the Cornucopia Project, said:
“Cornucopia is delighted that ripe.io picked Peterborough as one of its early proof-of-concept locations, and Cornucopia is proud to act as ripe.io’s on-site implementation partner. We have the advantage of offering a concentrated ecosystem of innovative farmers, distributors, retailers and foodservice places who are eager to implement the technology and use it to build a vibrant local ag-food chain.”
CEO of Ripe.io, Raja Ramachandran, commented:
“This project is one of the first implementations of Blockchain technology to capture real tomatoes and its associated growing data to build an open and transparent supply chain with farmers, retailers, food service, buyers and end consumers.”
“What is learned in this initiative not only will improve quality, economic, and environmental outcomes in the local farming community, but also can be extended to other farms and crop species around the country. We aim to bring transparency to every byte of food!”
Analog Devices, for this project, is provisioning a prototype of its crop monitoring solution to measure environmental factors that will help farmers make sound decisions about crop related to irrigation, fertilization, pest management, and harvesting. The Internet of Things based solution, sensor-to-cloud, helps farmers make sound decisions based on accumulated learning from the regular monitoring. The 24/7 measurements combined with a near Infrared (NIR) miniaturized spectrometer to enable non-destructive analysis of food quality, initially unimaginable at the farm level.
Besides private community support, the venture receives funds from ripe.io and Analog Devices, with both companies also providing training.
Smart Agriculture Manager at Analog Devices, Erick Olsen, said:
‘Analog Devices’ work with The Cornucopia Project and ripe.io expands on our ‘Internet of Tomatoes’ program which helps farmers make informed decisions throughout the growing cycle to improve the quality and profitability of their crops.”
“Our crop monitoring solution will provide reliable and precise information and extends the value and possibilities of the Internet of Things in truly transformative ways.”
Hopefully, Blockchain technology will help transform the food industry, giving it an economic boost by keeping a vigil on the quality. Tomatoes on Blockchain may be a mere start, but there’s surely a lot more to come.
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