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Ivy works on a vital & really underserved area in food traceability and I LOVE it and here's why it's important. Keep scrolling for a v. niche thread on agricultural IT.
But food safety & traceability actually has a LOT of document swapping that needs to happen between 2 or more parties.
You also want to know that facility X is clean and not, say, a heaven for rats. This is one of many things covered in a food safety audit.
But as cool as it is to do a visual check, that's just 1 day in the life of a facility.
So for example most food facilities contract out their pest control to a company like Ecolab. Ecolab sends someone out to do an inspection, reset any traps needed, etc a couple times a month, & Ecolab sends the report on what they found to the farm.
But as an auditor, I don't have access to that system. It's only 2-party.
Which means lots & lots of agreements & info-swapping & reports.
Plus the normal on-farm records like fertilizer & spray records, planting & harvest dates, etc etc.
Farmers have to deal w it every day.
And one day out of the year, a farm gets audited, and then *I* gotta deal with it too.
Look man I don't like it either but how else are you gonna know anything about the other 364 days when you're not there
this ain't Wall Street- there are physical things we can check and tell if the records are way off from reality. it's so much more work to fake farm records convincingly than it is to just keep them properly.)
& for farms the visual check has to be during harvest, AKA the worst possible time for 3-6 hrs of paperwork.
To be clear, this isn't a "too much red tape" complaint. Those records really are important.
Oh and they get to have all their info from their subcontractors on hand with minimal fuss & drama & filing.
Most farm IT I've run into so far addresses this tangentially, if at all.