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Solving The Food Waste Problem By Extending The Shelf-Life Of Produce

December 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The shelf-life of fresh produce is notoriously short, a fact that contributes to the growing food waste problem. But a start-up company may have developed an effective solution. Edipeel is an ultra-thin plant-based ultra-thin coating for produce that slows water loss and oxidation, two of the leading causes of spoilage. Apeel Sciences says odorless, tasteless, and invisible Edipeel extends "the typical edible shelf life" of fresh foods by two to five times. The extracts used to make the product are made from recycled agricultural byproducts, further reducing food waste. The Edipeel powder is reconstituted and applied through a spray-on or dipping process to create the thin protective coating. The company is applying to the USDA for organic certification. [ Image credit: © Apeel Sciences ]
Derek Markham, "Produce Covered with this Invisible Plant-Based Edible Coating Stay Fresh Twice as Long", TreeHugger, December 21, 2016, © Narrative Content Group
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