(April 17) Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture has slated a three-year pilot project that will track tomatoes and other produce using radio frequency identification technology, according to an Associated Press story.

The system uses microchips with ultra-thin antennae attached to produce boxes that give off radio waves when they are scanned.

The goal is to improve food safety by making it easier to determine where produce came from and where it has been distributed, the AP story said. The system also should help improve freshness and create a database of produce shipped and sold.

Four farms will be involved in the program initially.