USDA will track organic food shipments using blockchain

The USDA has proposed regulations on organic products to allow blockchain-based supply chain tracking.

The document, published on the agency’s website, suggests that electronic tracking systems for food supply chains, including those using blockchain, will play an “important role” in the food security process. 

“Distributed ledger technology provides secure, verifiable, transparent and near-instantaneous traceability of items in complex supply chains. It is equally important that the blockchain can protect confidential commercial information and trade secrets, as well as automatically restrict access to important information only to authorized persons, ”the officials said.

At the same time, the Ministry recognizes that to use emerging technologies will require additional time to develop systems:

“An obstacle to the widespread use of electronic tracking systems is the lack of infrastructure development in agricultural areas, the lack of standards for interoperability between systems and the overall cost of implementation.”

In the document, the departments do not name specific blockchains for integration into the state system for tracking the supply chains of organic products. However, there are links to some of the existing commercial systems, including the Walmart and Nestle platforms .

According to the WEF, blockchain could save $ 365 billion by 2030 by reducing food losses in supply chains.

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