TraceHarvest Extended FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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The TraceHarvest network is the first blockchain solution of its kind to track and trace the full lifecycle of agricultural products, starting at the seed source. It was created in cooperation with one of the world’s largest seed providers, Bayer Crop Science.

TraceHarvest is designed to connect all aspects of the agribusiness value chain, bringing supply chain efficiencies, transparency, compliance, and stewardship to agricultural products.

TraceHarvest will set new standards in sustainability, driving digital transformation, and food system resiliency that will shape the future of the agriculture industry.

Current farm-to-table solutions don’t capture information about the seed source, which contains some of the most important information about the agricultural products we consume.

TraceHarvest improves traceability, providing a clearer picture of where our ingredients come from for food processors. Seed providers benefit from being able to see how their products are used and improved stewardship compliance.

TraceHarvest’s enhanced traceability also provides the means to solve problems beyond the seeds themselves; promoting both sustainability and consumer well-being through solutions including carbon offset crediting, outcome-based pricing, and safer, faster food recalls.

TraceHarvest uses a permissioned blockchain ledger (also known as an enterprise blockchain) to track the status of agricultural products. It does not use cryptocurrency or any open public networks.

TraceHarvest also uses Solidity smart contracts – a unique feature of the Ethereum blockchain protocol – in order to program and automate business activities and rules into the TraceHarvest network.

Importantly, TraceHarvest then runs on the BlockApps STRATO blockchain platform, which makes it truly enterprise-grade and production-ready. Visit blockapps.net/faq for more information, starting with blockchain 101.

Data privacy is a key priority of the TraceHarvest network. As a permissioned blockchain network, all network participants are known and secure within the network.

All members of the network voluntarily contribute and own their data – information is kept private within TraceHarvest and never shared with any network member without consent.

TraceHarvest is the first agricultural traceability solution to start the very beginning of the growing process: the seed source.

Other blockchain solutions tend to focus on the ‘farm-to-table’ segment of the value chain, or on improving crop trading.

This is why we don’t consider other current blockchain solutions as competitive; we see a future where these other blockchains interoperate with TraceHarvest.

TraceHarvest is now open to new members, and we’re already seeing high levels of interest from companies across the value chain.

Input providers (e.g. seeds, crop protection) and food companies are encouraged to join today and see the benefits of TraceHarvest seed traceability.

Any agriculture business or partner that wants to be part of the industry’s transformation is also welcome.

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Capabilities

New business is introduced through new smart contracts that relate to the existing environment.

Full Answer from Webinar @ 32:07 

Short answer is Yes. Events themselves can be expanded to track anything related to the seed – fertilizer, chemicals, equipment, storage, field isolation events. Bayer chose blockchain to be able to link to other units, such as those measured in RFID tagged units. Systems integration is an important part of TraceHarvest’s industry pilot and rollout.

Full answer from Webinar @ 36:27

There is a lot of great work being done in the consumer space, and TraceHarvest is especially unique for its seed provenance capability. We see the same potential for growth downstream as is present in the seed network. This technology is so flexible that a little bit of collaboration can extend capabilities a long way.

Full Answer from Webinar @ 42:23

Technology & Data

New business is introduced through new smart contracts that relate to the existing environment.

Full Answer from Webinar @ 32:07 

Short answer is Yes. Events themselves can be expanded to track anything related to the seed – fertilizer, chemicals, equipment, storage, field isolation events. Bayer chose blockchain to be able to link to other units, such as those measured in RFID tagged units. Systems integration is an important part of TraceHarvest’s industry pilot and rollout.

Full answer from Webinar @ 36:27

There is a lot of great work being done in the consumer space, and TraceHarvest is especially unique for its seed provenance capability. We see the same potential for growth downstream as is present in the seed network. This technology is so flexible that a little bit of collaboration can extend capabilities a long way.

Full Answer from Webinar @ 42:23