Food Industry 4.0 & blockchain : Appetite for disruption
11 Mar 2020
In the next 50 years or so, in order to feed 9 Bn people with diet richer in calories, food industry will have to produce as much food as we ever produced over the last 10 000 Years. Food industry is highly globalized and fragmented and by far the most complex supply chain with various sub-products, ingredients and streams. Transparency in such a complex supply chain is just a dream so far… In the meantime, we are the first generation that really knows the risk of this food system (emerging pathogens, growing antibiotic resistance, climate change, waters scarcity, deforestation and biodiversity degradation). Today’s consumers are savvy; they know what they want to eat and what is good for them. What they choose to buy, their decisions have a direct impact on their health, their society, the planet, local communities, forest, farming, water and our climate – both tomorrow and in the future. If we consider that 160 countries have voted at the UN so say that food is a human right; they have defined the access required in terms of quantity and quality to decent and culturally acceptable food - this encapsulates what people are after. Digitalisation, transparency & traceability powered by blockchains are key prerequisites to making it all possible. More and more people feel that each time they eat and drink something, they vote for the world they want. A new democracy is coming and the only way to secure people’s vote may lie in the blockchains !
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