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June 22, 2012

Eating the Packaging & Finishing the Ketchup

Today we start with a quote from this article in the Deccan Herald:

Scientists have developed a new food packing that can be eaten along with the items inside, an invention they say could transform how we eat and slash the plastic use.

Developed by researchers in France, the edible packaging called WikiCells is designed to mimic how fruit and vegetables are “packaged” in nature with a protective outer layer or skin you can eat.

“The idea was to use the model of how nature wraps foods,” said Dr David Edwards, a professor from Harvard who led the research.

“It is a completely new way of packaging and eating,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Why bother unwrapping a sandwich when you can just eat the wrapping? Why bother attempting to feed the hungry when we can feed those with food more?

On a similar note, why should we (as a world) allow any of the ketchup or mustard or mayonnaise in their respective jars go undevoured? Researchers at MIT decided those days are long gone.

Designed by Dave Smith, an engineer from the Massachusetts Institute Technlogy, his ingenious ‘LiquiGlide’ is a ‘super slippery’ coating made of nontoxic material that can be applied to most food packaging.

Once added to the inside of the ketchup bottle, it stops the thick sauce sticking to the sides, enabling it to pour as easily without any effort. The slippery coating has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“It’s kind of a structured liquid. It’s rigid like a solid, but it’s lubricated like a liquid,” Smith told FastCoExist.

“It just floats right onto the sandwich,” he added.

I know you want to see the device in action. So…you’re welcome.