Milk producers in the United States may soon monitor milk using a blockchain platform.
The Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a cooperative owned by farmers with over 14,500 members, announced Tuesday that it would work to "increase supply chain transparency" by tracking dairy products using a blockchain platform managed by technology startup food Ripe.io.
The organization hopes to increase customer confidence in its products by ensuring that consumers can track the goods back to their point of origin, according to a press release.
The DFA explained that it would prove the technology and that it had no specific application or product in mind, said David Darr, vice president of sustainability and member services, in a statement.
He explained that "today consumers want to know where their food comes from and the blockchain technology, like mature.io, provides consumers with real-time data, which can really help increase confidence and confidence in food production from the market. start at the end. "
"We know that there is a lot of application for blockchain technology in agriculture, and in the end we want to help our milk farmers to be at the forefront … For now, our goal is evaluate the technology and explore how it could bring benefits to our supply chain. "
The news comes just a day after Walmart and Sam & # 39; s Club announced that they will force suppliers of green leaf products to preserve the provenance of their products on a blockchain platform developed in part by IBM.
Announced as an answer to a recent scare by E. coli, Walmart intends to create end-to-end traceability. This would allow the company to track potential sources of disease at source more efficiently than it currently can, as well as help consumers determine if they are at risk or not.
Unlike the DFA, Walmart intends that all suppliers manage the platform in mainstream production by the end of September 2019.
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