Last week’s ground-breaking court ruling where Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) was ordered to pay $289 million in compensation for knowingly using a cancer-producing chemical compound (glyphosate) in their herbicide products has highlighted once more the issues surrounding the provenance and composition of everyday household consumer products.
Today, food producer Zego has announced the upcoming launch of a blockchain-based glyphosate traceability technology – its patent-pending blockchain-based Z-CODE system – that seeks not only to provide details on allergen and gluten content within food but will also verify suppliers’ organic and non-GMO certifications.
Do you know about #glyphosate, the chemical in Roundup? Find out why ZEGO is testing for it and how you can avoid it. #glyphosate #realfood #Blockchain #organic #nongmo #zego #zegosnacks https://t.co/89pim2w9Zn pic.twitter.com/hWE2nSbUnL
— ZEGO (@ZEGOSnacks) August 3, 2018
Clean Food Revolution?
According to Zego, there are now over 4,000 court cases pending against Monsanto where the plaintiff claims exposure to the chemical harmed their health and in particular lead to cases of non-Hodgskins lymphoma.
This is thought to be just the beginning of a long series of litigation issues for Monsanto and Bayer as previous media reports have suggested that, during investigations by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they “…had trouble finding any food that does not carry traces of the pesticide.”
Zego, by utilising the Z-CODE system in its supply chain, will in theory enable purchasers of their food brands to use a smart phone or tablet to scan a QR code on product packaging to instantly check for traces of glyphosate.
The press release from the company states that “… ZEGO is the first company making glyphosate testing data publicly available” and believe that the introduction of blockchain technology will “…be a new trend in the clean food industry.”
However, whilst a number of blockchain-based provenance solutions have emerged in recent times – particularly financed through ICOs – some commentators have called into question their reliability.