146. Taking a Byte out of Food Waste with Blockchain
Monday, October 22
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Session Level 1 - Basic
As the world’s population continues to grow, so must our ability as a society to safely feed it. To meet this challenge, organizations are not only looking for ways to produce more food, but they’re also looking for ways to maximize supply chain efficiencies while ensuring a safer food supply. Advances in emerging technologies, such as blockchain, are already allowing growers, manufacturers, and retailers to create more transparent and sustainable supply chains.
Walmart sells an estimated $200 billion worth of groceries in the U.S. each year, making it the largest food retailer in the country. Given its scale, it is critical for Walmart to use technologies like blockchain to quickly trace product origin in order to maintain high safety standards and to reduce both recall costs and food waste. In addition, today’s customer is increasingly demanding more information on the products they consume. In this session, Frank Yiannas, VP of Food Safety will provide an overview of the role blockchain technology is playing in creating a smarter, safer, and more sustainable food system and will highlight the importance of this new technology for nutrition professionals as they interface between the food system and consumers.
Planned with the Academy's Committee for Lifelong Learning
- Describe the basics of blockchain technology.
- Explain how blockchain technology can influence and enhance food safety systems.
- Detail benefits of blockchain technology to consumers and clients.
Learning Need Codes:
- 8018 - Environmental, agricultural & technologic influences on food systems
- 8040- Food safety, HACCP, and sanitation
- 1020- Computer, electronic technology