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From Farm to Fork: Blockchain’s Revolution in Food Safety Assurance

31 Jan 2024
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31 January 2024: In an era where food safety and technology converge, the “GreenTech Seminar” held on January 31, 2024, stands out as a beacon of innovation and collaboration. Jointly organized by the Food Innovation, Nutrition, and Health (FINH) Academic Program under the Department of Food, Agriculture, and Bioresources (FAB), School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), AIT Entrepreneurship Center, and Food Passport Thailand, this seminar brought together leading minds in technology, academia, and agriculture to explore the future of food safety management.

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The highlight of the event was an insightful presentation by Mr. Passakorn Pannok, Chief Executive Officer of Bitkub Blockchain Technology Co. Ltd. With a focus on “Blockchain Technology in Modern Food Safety Management,” Mr. Pannok unveiled the transformative potential of blockchain technology in revolutionizing food safety practices. His talk emphasized the importance of transparency, traceability, and efficiency within the industry, showcasing how blockchain can be a game-changer in ensuring the integrity of our food systems.

Mr. Passakorn Pannok
Mr. Passakorn Pannok, Photo by Bitkub Chain

Further enriching the seminar was a panel discussion on “Economic Implications of Implementing Blockchain in Food Safety“, moderated by Ms. Tina Rodvong. Esteemed panelists, including Ms. Yong Ran Hur, Regional Coordinator for Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals, UNEP; Prof. Anil Kumar Anal, a renowned Food Safety and Bioprocess Expert from AIT; Dr. Chantri Polprasert, Data Science and AI Expert, AIT; Ms. Witchaya Traichok, leading smart farmer and co-founder of FarmConnect Asia Co. Ltd.; and Ms. Niorn Kiatdamrong, Chief Operating Officer of Bitkub Blockchain Technology Co., Ltd.,  delved into the various facets of blockchain technology and its impact on the food industry. The discussion illuminated the economic benefits and challenges of integrating blockchain into food safety protocols, offering a comprehensive view of its potential to drive sustainable development and innovation.

Panel Discussion

The seminar also featured a live demonstration from the Food Passport Thailand team “Using E-wallet and POS in Blockchain Food Safety System” by Ms. Punchaya Rasksasakul, Mr. Prasit Pongsoon, and Mr. Entony. This hands-on presentation showcased the practical applications of blockchain technology in real-world food safety systems, highlighting the seamless integration of electronic wallets and point-of-sale systems to enhance traceability and transparency.

Complementing the practical demonstrations, a research presentation on “Using Blockchain/AI Technology in the Food Industry” was delivered by Dr. Khwanchol Ninlaor and Mr. Ranjit Singh. This presentation shed light on the cutting-edge research being conducted at the intersection of blockchain, artificial intelligence, and food technology, illustrating the forward-thinking approaches being developed to address contemporary challenges in food safety at AIT.

The GreenTech Seminar 2024, witnessed by more than 170 participants, not only served as a platform for knowledge exchange but also as a catalyst for fostering innovation at the intersection of food safety and technology. By bringing together experts from diverse fields, the seminar underscored the critical role of advanced technologies in shaping a safer, more transparent, and efficient food industry for the future.