A technology that has been shown to keep a loaf of bread fresh for 60 days could play a significant role in reducing food wastage generally.
When I came across a headline on this topic I expected the process involved would use a bunch of nasty chemicals.
Instead, MicroZap uses pulsed power of radio frequencies in the microwave spectrum. This pasteurizes food without damaging or changing its quality says the company.
In addition to destroying mold spores that lurk in bread, the process can kill E. Coli, Salmonella and Listeria bacteria as well – all of which pose substantial threats to human health. MicroZap says their process can be used with a variety of food items; including meat products.
Beyond food, the technology may also have applications in treating bed bug infested linen. MicroZap has already been implemented by several manufacturers of commercial washers and dryers; where its use has demonstrated a significant reduction of bacteria in linen – which can be important in settings such as hospitals and restaurants.
Food wastage is a huge environmental problem. The amount of resources that go into getting food products from field to fork is staggering; yet in the UK, nearly a third of bread purchased is thrown away. Australians are now dumping around 4 million tonnes of food a year and in the USA, around 40% of all food produced is discarded.
The environmental damage caused by our wastefulness isn’t confined to production and transport – after food is binned and if it goes to landfill, it can then create greenhouse gases as it decomposes.
Even without whiz-bang technology such as MicroZap offers, reducing food wastage is something most of us are quite capable of doing to some degree. Perhaps it’s a nice, achievable goal to add to your 2013 New Year’s Resolution list. Aside from humanitarian and environmental issues; less food waste means more bucks in your pocket.
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