Non-Profit Company Uses Blockchain Technology in Reduction of Food Waste
A non-profit company is trying to leverage the advantages of blockchain to help reduce the amount of food wasted by people on a yearly basis. It is estimated that 133 billion pounds of food is wasted by Americans annually, food that could’ve been given to the destitute struggling to make ends meet.
There’s also the fact food waste worsens methane emissions, accounting for 27 percent of landfills and accelerating the drastic effects brought about by climate change. According to data collected by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the production, relocation, and removal of uneaten goods cost the industry $218 billion annually.
Startup Goodr aims to mitigate all of these by using blockchain. This company has been operating since January 2017, helping the food industry in Atlanta package leftovers and transfer them to local charities through the company’s app, according to CNBC.
The blockchain technology helps Goodr by providing data storage, specifically information regarding how much food is being wasted by certain businesses and what particular area might be costing them money. Moreover, the company also tracks the most frequent food that is being wasted and its effect on the environment, as well as provide connections to the local community for the relocation of surplus food.
Jasmine Crowe, founder and CEO of Goodr, said that food businesses can arrange for pick-ups and monitor shipment of their leftovers, making sure that they are indeed going to the right locations. Crowe admitted that their movement holds a special place in her heart after she witnessed one of her friends struggling with food security.
"Having experienced that first hand really shifted perspective for me, because for years I was feeding members of our homeless community," Crowe said. "I didn't understand that the face of hunger was readily changing."
This isn’t the first time that blockchain has been used to lend a helping hand to the unfortunate. The U.K. and Australia are currently developing a blockchain-centered welfare system to ensure that the homeless are getting the help they need to get back on their feet.
The system is designed to track fund allocations, as well as ensure that the destitute are indeed spending government money on basic necessities and not on frivolous things. If the system does notice that a certain homeless person is spending their funding on say, alcohol, the government can then send a professional to help that person curb their addiction.