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Edible, invisible “peel” helps produce stay fresh for up to five times longer than normal

  • 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.
  • The 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)

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