It becomes more and more clear that consumers want to know exactly where their food is coming from. More important is the knowledge that the food you eat is also safe. I believe that blockchain technology is a key to regulate traceability and transparency in the food chain.
In recent years, as a brand new entrepreneur in the food industry, I have often bounced against a wall of regulations. Sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship has a price because regulations and bureaucracy paralyze the progress of innovative companies. I am convinced that the new edible insect industry benefits from a transparent chain. To put it mildly, there is some resistance to eating insects, with blockchain technology it is possible to give consumers insight into the entire food chain.
One of my services is helping new insectfarms and processors in the entomophagy industry to certify (HACCP – FSSC22000) and thereby gain a position in the chain. As an expert in the processing and breeding of crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers, I want to add value to the projects of my clients. At the moment I am closely involved in writing the Novel Food applications, this admission procedure will legalize insects in Europe. Stakeholders must visualize their flow of goods, which requires transparency and openness. Traditionally, entrepreneurs tend to protect their trade secrets, but I believe that when it comes to food safety, we must avoid any form of secrecy.
Together with technical specialists in the field of blockchain technology, I work together to develop an app for the food industry. The first version shows the edible insect chain and is geared to all processes within the company in relation to the chain. Supermarkets and suppliers of food indicate that they want to implement blockchain. They see the importance of informing consumers who are becoming more and more aware of the origin of the products on the shelves.