An estimated 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted globally every year, representing about 30% of total production. Indian company GreenPod has developed a product that should help extend the shelf life of fruit and vegetables while being safe and cost-effective.
Deepak Rajmohan, CEO of the company, explained that he started the company in 2019 having studied and then worked as a food scientist in the USA for three and a half years. GreenPod’s solution is a small sachet containing proprietary formulations made of plant extracts and edible ingredients.
The sachets release compounds that slow down the ripening rate and inhibit microbial growth. The compounds are made from products like corn and potato extracts from, as well as many Indian spices, plants, leaves, etc.