by Taetske | 4:05 pm
(Last Updated On: September 26, 2019)

 

Apeel Sciences puts an extra peel on produce

 

The waste of food

The waste of Food

 

How a new procedure makes fruits and vegetables last longer and stay fresh

I personally think that all those things which help the environment and our health are worth mentioning. I wrote a post on how one can reduce plastic overload by tattooing fruits and vegetables. Now I have come across something new recently and think you might be interested to know about it.

Anything which improves our environment is welcome. If fruits and vegetables instead of traveling by plane can do so on a cargo ship it is beneficial. The difference between flying and traveling overseas is that it produces 100 times less greenhouse gas per metric ton of cargo.

How is this possible? Some produce ripens too fast and that is why it was usually put on a plane. Now a new method has been found to slow the ripening process so a boat transfer becomes possible.

 

Apples

Apples

 

Apeel Sciences

James Reed was a graduate student at the University of Santa Barbara. In 2012, with a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he founded the company Apeel SCIENCES. Since the start, Apeel has raised $110.000.000 dollars in financing. The idea behind this is to help reduce post-harvest food waste in developing countries which lack the refrigeration infrastructure. Not only in those countries but also in the countries where this product is being transported to.

Giving the fruits and vegetables an extra, ultra-fine and edible coating which gives produce nearly a double lifespan will save a lot of money. There will be a lot less waste and a smaller burden on the environment as there is less water needed as well.

When you take into consideration that approximately one in eight people might go hungry but still 30% to 40% of food is thrown in the waste bin one wonders what is wrong with the system. Mind you, this does not happen in some faraway country, no, this happens in the U.S. If produce lasts longer, then it certainly will be a benefit on many levels.

The Apeel Science company is based in Goleta, California. Their innovative method is aimed to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for a longer time span. Produce goes bad because of water loss and oxidation and this edible plant material coat prevents that from happening. Nature already provides everything edible with a skin or peel to protect it, and that is the reason one should not wrap everything in plastic.

 

Avocados

Avocados

 

The evolution of plants

Mr. James Rogers is the CEO of Apeel, and he explains that plants evolved something called cutin, that is a waxy barrier against the elements. This process started hundreds of millions of years ago when plants made the jump from water to land. It depends on how densely the molecular building blocks are, which then will determine how fast produce will spoil. The more tightly woven the cutin coat is, the better it will protect.

You might have seen products on the market which have been given a wax coating, but that is only for the looks. It will not stop produce from going bad.

The cutin coating keeps out the bad air and preserves the moisture. Interestingly he says that oxygen means increased chemical reactions inside the fruits as it does not know it has been disembodied. As it is still a living, breathing thing, the fruits do not say oh, I have been picked, now all function ceases. That reminds me of a post in which I wrote about plants having feelings.

I hope you do not think you cannot eat anymore. We humans do not know how to live off only air yet.

 

Juicy Strawberries

Juicy Strawberries

 

Fruits and Vegetables picked when they are ripe

Another important aspect of Apeel is that growers now can wait for their vegetables and fruits to ripen instead of picking them while still green. Produce picked at the time it is ripe has developed all the nutrients possible and therefore is much better for our health. The coating is made of lipids and glycerolipids which are substances already existing in the peels, seeds, and pulp. It has gotten the green light by the FDA as it is generally recognized as safe.

This product comes in powder form and you only have to mix it with water. There are various methods of applying it like spray, dip or brush it on. It is tasteless, colorless, and also has no odor. There is no need to try and scrub it off as the scrubbing would damage the fruits or vegetable. The extra peel is edible so in case you usually eat this fruit or vegetable with the peel you can still do it now too.

 

 

Conclusion

About half of all grown food ends up in a landfill. Millions of people worldwide go hungry. The problem is not that there is not enough food, the problem is that so much goes to waste. I think this invention of Apeel Sciences is brilliant. It does not use chemicals, of those we have more than enough in our world today.

It reproduces an extra natural coat for fruits and vegetables, so they stay fresh for at least double the normal time. There is no need to produce more food, just a need to make the foods we do produce stay fresh for a longer time.

Transport can be by boat instead of air travel producing 100 times fewer greenhouse gasses. Produce is picked when it has developed its full nutritional benefits, instead of transported while still unripe and green. Like those green bananas, you often find in the supermarkets and even after getting ripe, taste of nothing. I think this is a great invention. Ask your local store to have Apeel fruits and vegetables on their shelves.

Just as an afterthought. I do hope all this produce is grown organically as otherwise, it will still be a better option to buy from your local organic farmer. When fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides with washing carefully you will eliminate most of it.

With the extra layer of Apeel over it, you cannot wash it off anymore. It would mean you have to peel your fruit or vegetable. That is often possible but not always like with strawberries, other types of berries, cherries, and grapes. Plums and apricots or tomatoes and green peppers, just as an example. That is something to think about.

 

Source: For Ctnet, article by Justin Jaffe on September 18, 2019. Apeel Sciences.

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

 

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Comments

John

Wow, what can be better than having your fruits and vegetables last longer. This is a win-win situation for the environment, for farmers and even for the consumers as well.

 The fruits and veggies will be able to produce their nutrients properly when plucked after ripening unlike when they are plucked green. It’s a good idea I must confess and I really like it. 

Thank you so much for this great information.

Sep 26.2019 | 01:12 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon John,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    It is a big plus when fruits and vegetables can ripen on the plant before harvesting. As a food, they are so much better for your health.

    I wonder when I start seeing this in the supermarkets here in the south of Spain.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 26.2019 | 03:33 pm

mattias

Wow! This is a very nice initiative that would help humanity, in general, to grow for long years to come. Making use of this Apeel system would ensure that fruits and vegetables are ripe before any attempt is made at touching them.

Also, it would help to ensure that foods would not go to waste while people are suffering in hunger. This is really awesome. Thanks so much for this post

Sep 26.2019 | 01:12 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Mattias,

    This new invention of Apeel Sciences is really special. So much food is wasted worldwide and that is awful. 

    Thank you for your visit and your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 26.2019 | 03:48 pm

Sondra M

For the most part, this new Apeel technology sounds like a great invention.   It is a shame that so much produce has to be thrown away because it goes bad.     Until I started raising pigs and chickens, I was throwing away way to much produce myself.    

On the other hand, this post has served to remind me of the importance of buying as much of your produce from local farmers or growing it yourself.  It is much better for the environment  to eat local produce that is in season that to have it shipped from other states or countries.   I would think it is better for our budgets too.  

Sep 26.2019 | 01:12 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Sondra,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    I live on a green farm since 1981. Leftovers are dug into the vegetable garden. Lately, we had 4 small breed chickens produce babies at a slightly different time. Every evening we go over to say hello, bring them nice juicy grass and little leftovers. They love tomatoes. It is a delight to observe them grow.

    I prefer local produce too or the things Michael grows in the vegetable garden.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 26.2019 | 03:57 pm

Chloe

Hello there, thanks for sharing this wonderful information.

There are so many farmers who are looking for such opportunity out there. Aside from the fact that this process would help food last longer and go into circulation wider. There are so many other farmers in the market who tin at a loss because they don’t have means of preserving their produce.

I’m fully in support of such ideas and it should be made to go wide. Best regards.

Sep 26.2019 | 01:16 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Chloe,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    This invention of Apeel Sciences will be a blessing for many farmers so their product does not go to waste. When you think how many people go hungry in the world but there is enough food it was high time for such a clever invention.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 26.2019 | 04:08 pm

Linda Frankson

Hi, Taetske,

This is a very interesting article and it never stops me from being amazed by what the human mind is capable of creating. With all the health summits that I have attended this year, I am able to see a better world that is emerging and what the human mind is capable of achieving.

It makes you think that there is more to life then what meets the eye. Something much more superior. Always a better way is still my theme and it is becoming more and more evident that that is so true.

Oct 07.2019 | 04:22 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Linda,

    Thank you for visiting again and your comment.

    I know those summits can be really eye-opening and a lot can be learned. I have also followed some and hope the knowledge will get out to the people. It is possible to live a healthy and happy life but you need the right information.

    Have you ever gone to download your free PDF? Tulip widget. There you will find so much information, do have a look.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 08.2019 | 07:08 am

      Linda Frankson

      Yes, I have Taetske and thank you very much.

      You are so right there is so much to learn and amazing material that can be expanded upon. Keep up the great work, I like so much visiting your site.
      I am so wrapped up doing my own work on Health and coming here it distracts me for a bit.
      My advancement into my ebook is coming along I am now on chapter three.

      Always a better way my friend, Linda

      Oct 08.2019 | 02:14 pm

        Taetske

        Good afternoon Linda,

        Nice to see you again, thanks for the visit and comment.
        True, there are so many good and exciting advances that are being made in our world. It sometimes is difficult to keep up with it all.
        Good to hear your book is going well, it must be a huge job.

        All the best, Taetske

        Oct 09.2019 | 01:12 pm

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