Plant-Based Food Protective Coating
This is Apeel, an edible, protective plant-derived coating that keeps fruits and vegetables fresh, nutritious, and delicious by two to three times longer. Developed by Apeel Sciences, which is founded by James Rogers, Ph.D., this natural innovation is supported by the game-changing Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.
This FDA-approved invisible coating consists of fatty acids and other organic compounds taken from the peels, seeds, stems, and pulp of other fruits and vegetables. This extra “peel” seals in moisture and keeps oxygen out. In other words, Apeel mimics the natural protective layering of peels possessed by most fruits and vegetables to shield them from rotting away. It’s just like using Mother’s Nature’s defense mechanism to strengthen produce that has a shorter shelf life.
Apeel is used by fresh food growers, suppliers, and retailers to keep produce fresh. It also promotes more sustainable supply chains, higher quality food, more “transportability – with reduced reliance on refrigeration and controlled atmosphere,” and it could even solve our catastrophic food waste problem. Over 40% of fresh produce goes to waste, according to the UN FAO, and it costs the world a reported $2.6 trillion every year. However, with the intervention of Apeel’s plant-based protection that extends the shelf-life of fruits and veggies, more food could end up on people’s plates instead of rotting away in landfills. The decomposing produce in landfills is damaging because it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more potent than CO2.
Apeel, which is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, is safe to eat. Its ingredients are already consumed daily as part of a normal diet and are designated as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) by the FDA. Apeel comes in the form of a powder and is mixed with water and it can be applied by spray, dip, or brush-on methods. Currently, Apeel-sprayed avocados are reportedly already being sold at Kroger, Costco, and Harps Food Stores across the U.S. Apeel notes that it can be applied on USDA Certified Organic produce. It’s also not a GMO because it’s not derived from genetically engineered plant material.
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