The coating produces a flavorless and edible film that drastically slows the ripening and spoilage of produce
The technology has been extensively tested on a variety of produce. Initial results were reported in Nature Scientific Reports, displaying the ability to drastically extend shelf life.
The coating can dramatically increase shelf life of perishables and thus reduce food loss at every step of the value chain for producers, distributors and consumers. The technology will benefit developed countries as well as developing areas where there is a lack of cold chain infrastructure.
The coating improves fruit’s aesthetics, quality, and taste, which are altered during storage and transportation. It also helps to slow down transpiration and reduce moisture-loss, which affect the vast majority of fruits and vegetables.
WFP has also estimated that 795 million people are currently undernourished in the world.
There is clearly a lot of work to be done to remedy this situation. We can start by understanding where this waste is occurring across the supply chain;
Nearly 50% of Fruits and Vegetables are lost globally. Two thirds of these losses come from logistical issues in post-harvest storage and transportation due to inefficient methods of food preservation. This has major economic, social and environmental impacts.
Cambridge Crops has a solution to combat this issue. Starting right at the beginning of the supply chain, our cost-effective spray will ensure that food stays fresh until it is ready to be eaten.
And the best part about this entirely natural technology is that we can achieve such a dramatic optimization of the supply chain without resorting to harmful pesticides or chemicals, making our food supply better for the consumer and the environment.