The National Pork Board and Ripe Technology have entered an agreement to pilot blockchain technology use in the pork industry.
Through the partnership, pork producers will be able to monitor, evaluate and continuously improve their sustainability practices based on ripe.io's We Care frame work. These principles provide industry standards in food safety and public health, animal well-being, protecting the environment and improving the quality of life for the industry's people and communities.
"The growing demand across the entire food supply chain – including end consumers – is to 'Know Your Food.' The ripe.io platform generates powerful levels of transparency and trust by enabling collaboration and consensus of data and activities within food systems," says Raja Ramachandran, co-founder of ripe.io. "Through blockchain, customers like the National Pork Board can enable its organization and members to create shared, immutable trusted records that address critical food issues such as sustainability, quality, traceability, waste and fraud."
With ripe.io, the National Pork Board will demonstrate to its producers the value of having a responsible supply chain by consolidating sustainability data and activities gathered on the ripe.io platform, highlighting how pork producers create a sustainable pork production environment. In addition, through a distributed ledger, data can be visible to partners in the ecosystem to ensure valid certifications.
"Over the last 50 years, America's pig farmers have followed the We Care principles to produce a product that has become increasingly sustainable using 75 percent less land, 25 percent less water, and 7 percent less energy," says Brett Kaysen, assistant vice president of sustainability at the National Pork Board. "We look forward to working with ripe.io to use blockchain technology to record proof points through a system that can benchmark performance while increasing transparency of the entire pork value chain."