This Edible Peel Extends the Shelf Life of Produce

Apeel Sciences has created a way to stop food from spoiling before it reaches our plates.

Modern Farmer Media
By Lindsay Campbell
May 10, 2021

Many of us have reached into the fridge and found avo­ca­dos that are too brown to put on toast, straw­ber­ries that are coat­ed in fuzzy mold or kale that has shriv­eled up and sprout­ed black and white fun­gus. This low­ly pro­duce often gets pitched straight into the trash, becom­ing part of the 80 bil­lion pounds of food waste that rot in US land­fills each year.

And yet despite those moun­tain­ous piles of food waste, hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple around the world live in hunger. This stark pic­ture com­pelled James Rogers, a mate­ri­als sci­en­tist in Cal­i­for­nia, to cre­ate some­thing that could solve some aspect of the food waste prob­lem. He decid­ed to fig­ure out a way to stop food from spoiling.

If we could slow things down before [food goes bad], it would be more like­ly to reach some­one who need­ed it,” he says.

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