Ep. 29: Transparent Food Supply – Kevin Cutler (Bytable Inc)
Kevin Cutler is head of Marketing and Operations at Bytable Inc, an Iowa based company planning to use blockchain to create a network of farmers, distributors, and retailers that can use tools to save costs on food waste and provide transparency to consumers.
Health, food, environment podcast: https://knowbetterlivebest.com/episodes/
•Introduction of Kevin Cutler’s background and experience with losing over 100 lbs by eating quality foods
•Podcast – Know better Live Best – https://knowbetter.bytablefoods.com/episodes/
•More than 85% of Iowa’s land is farmed. https://www.lhf.org/learning-fields/crops/iowa-farm-facts/
•88,637: Number of farms in Iowa
•How does food impact health and healthcare?
•Top 3 Mislabeled foods
•Unsafe food sickens about 600 million people every year – nearly 10% of the world’s population.
•Children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden, with 125 000 deaths every year.
•How did you first hear about blockchain technology?
•Vision for BytableFoods? Tell us about the founders.
•Explain how blockchain can help with recalls.
•What are the biggest barriers to adoption?
•What components of tracing and tracking does blockchain help with exactly?
•How can you be sure accurate information is input to the blockchain system?
•Can you describe temperature monitoring and provide some examples of foods that are sensitive to temperature changes en-route to destination?
•Who are your company partners and major users?
•Can you describe your product/service offering?
•What is the Bytable Store?
•What kind of traction does the company have with customers?
•What differentiates Byteable foods from other food tracking networks on blockchain, for example IBM Food Trust or OriginTrail
•What does the organic food label mean?
•How much waste is there from unnecessary discarding of food because of imprecise recalls?
•Has government regulation affected the company’s decision making process?
•Favorite businessperson/researcher/scientist in history or now?
•What is your favorite food? Least favorite food, why?
•Recommended reading or resource to learn more
•Learn about regenerative farming
World’s second largest supermarket company announcement to use IBM’s Food Trust blockchain to pilot tracking the supply chain of romaine lettuce. Albertsons has 2,300 stores across the U.S. with $57 B in sales in 2017. There are over 80 Brands including Walmart, Nestle, Dole Food, Tyson Foods, Kroger, and Unilever that are involved with IBMs Food Trust. With their blockchain, they have the ability to rapidly find the source of a bad batch of produce and specifically remove the goods from circulation. As early as 2016, IBM and Walmart did a proof of concept with China’s pork market, reducing tracking time from days to minutes. In 2018, Walmart mandated that all their leafy green produce supplier be integrated into the Food Trust blockchain by Sept 2019.
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