- Nothing stinks (literally) like rotten produce. Roughly half of the produce in the U.S. gets tossed out and wasted.
- One inventive company hopes to put a dent in that statistic by coating produce with a protective and edible “peel” made from food scraps.
- Apeel Sciences,
a California start-up that’s backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation, has developed two types of edible protective barriers that
could revolutionize the produce aisle.
- One “peel” called Invisipeel is applied while crops are in a field while another “peel” called Edipeel is applied after farmers harvest crops.
power of Edipeel lies in the “micro-thin” barrier that rests on top of
the peel of produce like avocado, James Rogers, founder and CEO of
Apeel, said in an email.
- “This barrier protects it from abiotic
stressors that cause fruits and vegetables to spoil, like water loss and
oxidation, as well as biotic factors, like bacteria.” Read more (4/19/17)