Tue 30 Mar 2021
A year ago, on April 6, 2020, the Department for Digital Transformation (Minister Paola Pisano) call for technologies to counter the spread of Covid19 took place. Foodchain, represented by CEO Marco Vitale, had then offered free use of its platform for tracking/traceability of the medical device such as swabs used in the infection monitoring campaign. Today, March 30, 2021, we are concerned to learn of the investigation on the falsification of data of contagions in Sicily where "it was attempted to [...] avoid the passage of the entire Region or some of its areas in the orange or red zone". The traceability of swabs in the blockchain would have allowed not only to avoid the use of false or counterfeit devices but also to verify that the number of samples collected matched the number of swabs performed, ensuring daily the correct indication of positive cases noted within a distributed public database, not alterable and aimed at protecting public health.
Tue 23 Mar 2021
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy represents one of the most effective and promising tools for metabolomic fingerprinting of food, which is increasingly used to tackle food frauds. The ability to derive information about an agri-food product directly from its metabolomic profile makes it possible to imagine such systems as adjuvants to the certification system currently in use, making the latter even more robust and resistant to fraud attempts, also supported with blockchain-based information technologies. Blockchain is not a stand-alone technology, but can, combined with other technologies, be a catalyst for the digital transformation of the agri-food sector. Article by Marica Antonicelli, Maurizio Triggiani, Gina Musio, Mario Latronico, Piero Mastrorilli, Vito Gallo of the Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building and Chemical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Politecnico di Bari.
Thu 18 Mar 2021
Food waste is responsible for 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to Our World in Data. Digitalization is helping food companies create innovative business models to achieve a Circular Food System where food waste and loss no longer exist. EIT Food's FutureLearn course will showcase some of these innovative solutions: Foodchain uses the Quadrans Foundation's open-source public blockchain to digitally track and authenticate food and non-food products; Instacart's app allows its customers to "virtually shop" at local grocery stores; Wasteless's AI algorithm - Sell More, Waste Less helps retailers offer customers dynamic pricing based on when a food item is expected to "go bad."
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