Apeel Sciences, founded by James Roger and backed by the philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others, has developed a thin, plant-based coating called Apeel that extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables and may help solve the world food shortage problem.
Apeel is a thin peel of edible plant material that encompasses fruits and vegetables and slows down oxidation and loss of water. The company has essentially replicated the natural protective layering of peels possessed by most fruits and vegetables to shield them from rotting away. It’s essentially using Mother’s Nature’s defense to boost and strengthen produce that have a shorter shelf life.
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This FDA-approved invisible coating consists of fatty acids and other organic compounds taken from the peels, seeds, and pulp of other fruits and vegetables. Apeel-sprayed avocados are reportedly already being sold at Kroger, Costco, and Harps Food Stores across the U.S.
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Posted by World Economic Forum on Thursday, May 21, 2020