Canadian pilot programme uses blockchain technology to track soyabeans

Canadian logistics company Grain Discovery, in partnership with the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA), has used blockchain technology in a pilot programme to trace locally-produced certified soyabeans from production, to processing, to the final tofu product on grocery shelves.

The Canadian Agriculture Strategic Priorities Program supported the first-of-its-kind pilot with a CA$58,000 (US$43,000) investment, Grain Discovery said on 1 May. It also received additional support from the Grain Farmers of Ontario association.

The certified soyabean used in the pilot was developed by the University of Guelph, produced by Szentimrey Seeds Ltd, planted and harvested by Minten Farms, stored at Beechwood Agri Services Inc’s elevator, processed at Ying Ying Soy Foods Ltd and distributed by FreshSpoke.

“This blockchain pilot allows Canadian producers to tell their story in a new way that resonates with consumers.” said Doug Miller, managing director of certification and technology services at CSGA.

Grain Farmers of Ontario vice president Crosby Devitt said the pilot came at a time when food safety, transparency and traceability had never been more important to farmers, consumers and international markets.

Grain Discovery said the digital passport also had positive implications for food safety and export markets.

“Our government is committed to supporting Canada’s soyabean sector, and this innovative project will strengthen consumer trust and ensure Ontario producers are able to deliver top-quality products for Canadians and markets around the world,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.