Disrupting the Meat Industry
Once known to the non-tech world as a way for computer criminals to steal valuable information, “hacking” has since gone through a major facelift with the increase of collaborative software events called “hackathons” spreading across the nation. If you need a tech problem solved in just under two days, these are the folks you want to get your hands on.
Naithan Jones, co-founder of Ag Local, realizes the impact a group of computer programmers and developers can make in reforming industries and making change, which is why he lent some helpful meat industry insight to the online “Hack Meat” conversation. Transportation and USDA processing are the “two largest areas for improvement concerning how information could help the independent ranch producer,” Naithan said. Currently, travel is too rough on the animals and there is a shortage of processing services for small producers creating supply chain tension. Naithan seeks ”to match independent and family meat farms to the wholesale and retail buyers who want to buy their meat directly” with Ag Local and his contributions to the “Hack Meat” discussion put him in a good place for continued success with his venture.
For more information on solutions that will disrupt the meat industry see Food + Tech Connect’s “Hack Meat” article.