Food wastage is an alarming issue in India. Our streets and garbage bins, landfills have sufficient proof to prove it. Weddings, canteens, hotels, social and family functions, households spew out so much food. According to the United Nations Development Programme, up to 40% of the food produced in India is wasted. About 21 million tonnes of wheat is wasted in India and 50% of all food across the world meets the same fate and never reaches the needy. In fact, according to the agriculture ministry, INR 50,000 crores worth of food produced is wasted every year in the country.
Blockchain technology is used for good traceability. Still, traceability is one of the important issues in food waste management. There is no provision to trace and collect food from diverse places on time. By using blockchain technology we can trace it accurately.
Technology giant IBM feels it could have a solution to completely eradicate food wastage in the country. Not just wastage, within five years, IBM expects that billions of home cooks will be able to detect dangerous contaminants effortlessly in their food. All they would need is a cell phone or a counter-top with Artificial Intelligence (AI) sensors. IBM researchers are creating powerful, portable AI sensors that can detect food-borne pathogens anywhere and everywhere they might turn up.
“Food wastage happens because our food supply chain is complex and chaotic. There is very little visibility up and down the supply chain. More often than not, the wrong thing and sometimes the wrong quantity of the right thing is sent to the wrong place at the wrong time. That means a lot of spoilage and wastage. We predict, in five years, by uniting three powerful technologies – blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and AI, we will create a real zero wastage supply chain that delivers fresher food” -Sriram Raghavan( Vice President, IBM Research and CTO at IBM India) said.