Blockchain Technology Enters Meat Production

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  • Published: 18 April 2018
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  • Source / Publisher: BASF
  • Associated Suppliers: BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
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Global pressure to reduce emissions from the agricultural and livestock sectors increases. Consumers and regulators are becoming more focused on setting defined sustainability criteria. BASF and arc-net announced that they are collaborating to support the animal production value chain in meeting these demands.

BASF’s calculation tool AgBalanceTM Livestock looks at the life cycle impact of all inputs and outputs of animal protein production. This reaches, i.e., from feedstuffs and feed production, to animal farming and manure management, to the slaughter. By combining this tool with arc-net’s blockchain technology, sustainability information and verifiable data on the origin of meat, milk, and eggs can be generated.

The preliminary phase of the pilot project will focus on collecting data for evaluating sustainability measures within a controlled setting at the farm level. In parallel, automated farm-level data capture and environmental output calculation will be combined via blockchain technology. By this, the companies will generate information giving an environmental footprint along with transparency and traceability along the entire value chain.
The companies hope that this technology will in the future enable consumers to make informed choices about the meat they eat via an on-pack unique scannable code. The code will provide information on the product’s provenance and environmental footprint.

arc-net, Belfast, Northern Ireland


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