Bitcoin’s tech preventing foodborne illness

By Arielle Duhaime-Ross 1 November 2017 – Published on Vice News

 Taiwanese e-commerce platform OwlTing wants to change the way consumers think about their food.

This year, it launched the world’s first blockchain-based app for tracing food products — including pork. And the process is pretty simple: by scanning a sticker on a slab of pork, OwlTing customers can quickly access information about everything from a piglet’s date of birth, to the vaccines it received before its slaughter.

There’s a lot more to blockchain technology than learning obscure facts about a pork chop, however. For producers, using blockchain-based technologies to trace food through processing and shipping means that they might be able to avoid widespread food waste should a contamination arise — and even save lives.

VICE News Tonight visited Taiwan to see how blockchain is affecting pork production.

Watch the full interview.

This segment originally aired Oct. 25, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO. 

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