An Update on a Busy Week at eHarvestHub
At eHarvestHub, we believe that blockchain technology has a profound role to play in the future of farming, especially for independent farmers. We’ve established a working model in California, one of the largest agricultural regions in the world, but we know that food production is a global, not a national, cause.
Therefore, we are excited about our expansion into Europe. The French National Federation of Road Transport (NFRT), a nearly century-old collective advocating for the health and longevity of the French trucking industry, is exploring blockchain technology as a solution for documenting compliance with sanitary regulations.
Food safety practices are a particular concern after an E. coli outbreak attributed to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. By the end of May, more than 197 people became ill, and five died from the contamination. While it’s possible that contamination could occur from the crop’s field, it’s also feasible that it happened during shipping or at other processing points.
The blockchain’s record-keeping capabilities make it an ideal technology for logging and documenting compliance certification, which can play a pivotal role in stopping the next outbreak. Moreover, the blockchain’s records can help contain an outbreak to its smallest possible area.
The European entity will apply these features to their shipping practices, which addresses a significant portion of a product’s lifespan after it leaves the field.
The outbreak serves as a reminder that proper food safety practices can make all the difference when it comes to avoiding such contamination. Moreover, the blockchain is the technological backbone capable of producing a detailed record of verified protocols and proper techniques.
The World Health Organization estimates that 600 million people get sick after eating contaminated food. eHarvestHub’s blockchain platform provides a better method for certifying food safety and more accurately identifying outbreak areas. This has the real opportunity to improve health and saves lives.
We are excited that the NFTR is embracing the blockchain, as we know that it is the defining technology for the future of farming.