By Stacey Vila
When foods are purchased from around the world our national and local sources may go out of business when International Agreements and Codex Alimentarius Regulations “encourage” food from outside one’s nation. Every time food is bought – is it helping the United Nations with its agenda? After all – he that controls the food supply controls the world.
When buying foods from outside The United States instead of purchasing locally or nationally that money is being diverted out of our nation. Besides the redistribution of wealth it means the continued reliance on getting food from elsewhere and that translates to a lack of sovereignty.
So, how to redistribute money from the U.S. to other nations in the world and accomplish the goal of global food reliance? The food needs to come from elsewhere and be able to withstand longer transport times. Instead of local organic produce, imagine your organic fruits and vegetables traveling the world being transported by slow boat and then still looking fresh for an extended time on the retail shelves? What could make it possible for fruit and vegetables to more than double their lifespan at retail or make them able to be transported for longer times over longer distances even without refrigeration? Introducing the Apeel coating.
Partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Apeel Sciences based out of California has developed the edible film coating barrier that stops the moisture from going out of the produce slowing down visual spoilage.
The Apeel coating is tasteless, odorless and colorless edible coating, meant to be utilized on Organic and Conventional Crops, is procured from already processed or leftover after harvest plant-derived materials such as peels, seeds, pulp, and stems and can be made from any fruit and vegetable. The lipids and glycerolipids are then extracted and processed to create the Apeel barriers. Different products can be applied to the crops at various points such as Invisipeel can be applied to crops in the field and Edipeel, already approved by The Food and Drug Administration as “generally recognized as safe”, can be applied after harvest. The crops can wait until they are ripe before being harvested and then placed on conveyor belts sprayed or simply dipped into the Apeel solution which then solidifies around the fruit or vegetables forming the barrier. The products can be utilized: as a preserving agent as it keeps the outward appearance of freshness of the fruit and vegetable, or as a pesticide as it creates a physical barrier to pests, or even as a fungicide such as preventing the anthracnose fungus from shriveling up avocados.
Beginning in 2018 Apeel Sciences is beginning commercial use and is looking for market food growers to utilize their products. Already successfully trialed in Africa on cassava roots which decay rapidly after harvest, the small company is looking to expand. Beginning with imports that can utilize ships to slowly transport Apeel coated crops to market and then expanding into local Conventional and Organic markets. Shortly, the Apeel label will appear on produce. Costco will be selling Apeel Avocados by the end of June 2018.
When food producers utilize the coating, the consumer would not necessarily know where their foods were being sourced from. Apeel’s barrier coating stops the visual decay of the fruits and vegetables they are dipped in, and as a result it also prevents the customer from knowing how long ago the produce was harvested and with that the nutrient density of the item. The long understood traditional market way of getting the highest nutrient density of the foods one eats is to eat in-season locally grown, biodynamic, organic fruits and vegetables. The consumer can inspect the produce for appearance as a way of gauging the freshness and nutrient density of the foods. The Apeel coating prevents seeing the decay that always occurs as soon as a fruit and vegetable is harvested and the nutritional breakdown occurs. The result is that the customer is not able to ascertain neither the source nor nutritional quality of the foods which may come from long distance.
There may also be future economic and International Food Regulations implications.
Apeel Sciences are looking initially at imports with an eye towards the local organic and conventional markets. But, what are the implications when, for example, apples are coming in from China when we grow apples in the United States? The redistribution of food networks, the international control of food regulations may put our local farmers out of business while adding to money economies around the world making the consumer food quality lower and less nutritious.
Look at Codex and International Food Regulations that control the world food markets. It sounds ridiculous until one sees that chickens are being shipped to China to be bleached before coming back to the U.S. marketplace for sale. Food is already coming from around the world via Codex Alimentarius United Nations Food Regulations. Apeel may be the way of getting vegetables to be sourced from nations and long distances. How long before it becomes the guidelines for food everywhere allowing only certain nations to grow certain crops because Apeel can allow long storage and travel times?
Is a second skin organic? Is the Apeel Appealing? Does it belong on traditional, organic, and biodynamic foods? Do we take the risk? Do our foods need to be traveling on boats for months at a time before sitting on shelves for extended time periods? What about the nutritional value of our foods? Do they matter? Are they to be affected by Apeel?
Questions about the health, nutritional density, farm costs, ease of application, workflow, and much more concerning the Apeel products have been brought into consideration.
Which chemicals are utilized to get the lipids and glycerolipids from the leftover plant derived materials? Where are the leftover, already processed plant materials sourced from and the quality of them? Which chemicals may have already been used on the ingredients themselves that would then be used for the solutions on organic foods? What is the solidification process? Will the materials always be from the same sources and from only organic materials or will they change over time?
Are all the ingredients to be utilized on organic crops organic? The New York Times article in December 16, 2016 An (Edible) Solution to Extend Produce’s Shelf Life, states, “So far, the products are derived primarily from the remains of produce that has been certified organic…” But primarily does not mean all are organic. A box or container of food labeled as Organic can have the organic mark if at least 75% of it contains organic ingredients. And the FDA giving approval does not mean that the ingredients may or may not find themselves marred in controversy.
All these are reasons to eat local, traditional, organic, biodynamic, and chemical-free foods.
Ask questions about the foods you eat. Vote with purchases as they say.
All facts in this article were taken from the Apeel Sciences websites including Apeel official links to the New York Times articles…
Numerous attempts were done to contact Apeel Sciences. As of yet, no return contacts from the company have occurred. (Editor :Article written June 15, 2018)
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