Nanocoating could be used to extend shelf life

Nanocoating may sound like a high-tech, sci-fi concept far beyond the understanding of the average person. But it really is quite simple, and the food safety implications of using nanocoatings on fruits could benefit the industry greatly.

As its name implies, nanocoatings are incredibly thin layers that coat an object in order to serve a […]

Move over plastic. Packaging made from milk could protect food in the future

At the grocery store, most foods come wrapped in plastic packaging. Not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, but thin plastic films are not great at preventing spoilage either. Furthermore, some plastics are suspected of leaching potentially harmful compounds into food. To address these issues, scientists are now developing a packaging […]

Science: Faulty ‘best by’ dates drive up food waste

When it comes to judging if the food in your refrigerator is still safe to eat, many turn to the “best by,” or “use by” date stamps usually found on food packaging. Some experts are saying, however, these labels fail to communicate meaningful information and may be contributing to the huge environmental problem of food […]

Plenty of fish in the sea but also plenty in the trash

According to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), between 2009 and 2013, as much as 47% of all edible seafood in the United States went to waste. A majority of this wasted fish is thanks to consumers, who buy fresh and frozen fish but never end up eating […]

Can I eat that? New app warns you before food expires

Do you find yourself throwing away uneaten groceries you forgot were hanging out in the back of your refrigerator? Or wondering if you can still eat that bacon that you accidently left on your counter overnight? Well, a new app from the USDA will now remind you when groceries are about to expire and will […]

Beauty is in the eye of the USDA

Magazines have been known to Photoshop individuals nearly beyond recognition in order to achieve a sense of perfection and beauty. The images in the magazines and print ads depict a person in their peak physical shape with not a blemish in sight. This is a uniquely human trait—or is it?

Fruit and vegetables can be […]