Currently around half of all food grown ends up in a landfill. And we will soon reach a critical point in our ability to feed the world. We believe rather than devoting more land, energy, and water resources to food production, the key to abundance is in the building blocks of plants.
We use food to preserve food
Today, 40% of the food grown goes to waste. So we challenged ourselves to work with nature to find a solution. The result? We found a way to use plants to keep produce fresher, longer, reduce food waste and ensure an abundant future for our planet.
Why watching paint dry wasn’t a waste
While working on his PhD in Materials, Apeel Sciences Founder and CEO James Rogers will tell you he spent a few years “watching paint dry” in an effort to develop an energy-harvesting solar paint that would help democratize clean energy.
One day, driving through lush farmland on his way home to Santa Barbara from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, he heard a story on the radio about global hunger and wondered how can so many people be hungry if we’re able to grow such an abundance of food?
It turns out that there isn’t an issue with growing the food we need — the culprit is spoilage.
Inspired by nature’s strategy for preservation, James and the Apeel Sciences team went to work building a barrier out of edible plant materials that would slow down the rate of spoilage.
Apeel Sciences was founded in 2012 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, Apeel Sciences has developed products for dozens of USDA Organic Certified and conventional produce categories, and the company works with partners ranging from smallholder farmers and local organic growers to the world’s largest food brands to make better quality, more sustainable produce possible.