Food Technology on World Environment Day

Happy Environment Day To All Including OUR ENVIRONMENT. TO make it Happy, We should try to make our Earth Happyour Air Happy, our Water Resources Happy, only then every day of our environment can be happier.


We all our trying to acheive this objective every day, every year, but still as reported by IPCC Cheif Dr, RK Pachauri, that Himalayan Glaciers are melting.(TOI, 2June, 2011). Now u must be wondering what is the link between food technology and glacier melting with, as we all live on plains,not on Himalayas, isnt it?...

Now let me tell u the link of both. The biggest natural  water resource of India, the biggest fertile plain of India, the wholiest river of India,the only river In the whole world where people come from far away distances to take a dip in this river is none other than river Ganga, which comes as the purest form from Himalayas, (India's Biggset snow cover). We all are aware of the polluted state of this river in the plains. Few causes for it are outlined below....

The snow melting is a result of global warming,which is due to excessive  CO2 levels in atmosphere, which  is due to excessive pollution of all natural resources, from Industries, this ultimately is due to unwanted waste generated everywhere on this plane, where we live. So, Waste produced at low level, is generating Heat at mid air level, finally melting the Snow at top level.. So definitely the link is below, the cause is below that is human error in understanding and creatively utilizing the resources properly.

 A few points relating and limiting this waste to the level of Food Industries, and food technology are as follows

1, Many dairy Industries at low scale, and govt, ones are wasting butter milk generated from butter making.

2.Most of the  fruit and vegetable industries,  generate ample amount of peels, and other non utilizable parts of fruits and vegetables after processing.

3.Improper milling effeciency of wheat mills at small scale levels, waste a lot of flour generated from milling.

4.A great amount of wheat lying waste in open in shortage of proper storage facilities.

5. Waste generated from fishes ang egg processing industries. etc, etc etc...........I

 All of us know that a few reasearches ahve been done in this area, but they are limited to their labs only, scaling up is a big problem, infact money is big problem, acceptance of new products made from waste by the people is a big problem......... They can be solved in a period of time .



We have generated so many packaging material according to our requirments,but we left the problem of hazards of packaging material on the streets  unseen. We are indeed ignoramous to it. Producing a food, retail convinience and consumer attractoin are focus of a techie. But is the techology which has created BOPP, Tetra Packs, LDPE, HDPE, etc, is also not creating a lot of wastage of unreactive Aluminium etc in the packaging, lying here and there in every nook and corner of our environment????

 I think we all are aware of it, but stand helpless to solve this problem. Do u agree with this serious issue affecting our Holy and clean environment an dultimately affecting every human beings health.

Being a food technologist, i want all of us to answer to this and many serious issues hampering our cosmos, due to food  technology related issues, and feasible ways to solve them also in near future.

Firstly, being me, I think research could be done in  reutilization of packaging materail, after proper treatments to be safer,as they are nowadays inner linings of thin Aluminium foil as one of their layers, which we all know is nonreactive to food.

All your views are welcome....




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Comment by Anusha Ramani on June 6, 2011 at 12:56pm
Thanks Sanjeev, hope others also reply to the problems stated above. The examples you have quoted are useful, but sad part is they are being tried only in other countries. No one has tried such things in India?
Comment by Sanjeev Sharma on June 6, 2011 at 11:59am

Thanks Anusha for such a wonderful and thoughtful blog.


I would like to give some examples of sustainable packing:-


Eco friendly packaging coating has been develped using starch and clay. These coatings can be used place plastic films as a moisture-resistant barrier coating for cardboard and paper packaging. It can be used for low-water content foodstuffs, such as biscuits and cheese. During studying the suitability of different starch and caly combination, the biggest challenge was to overcome the brittleness of starch, which was balanced by the addition of clay. The excellent barrier property of the coating is attributed to the synergistic effect of starch, clay and plasticizers.
Mater-Bi®, the bioplastic developed by Novamont, is naturally biodegradable and compostable in accordance with Italian standard UNI EN 13432 and ensures resistance and durability very similar to traditional plastics, although it contains renewable raw materials of agricultural origin. It lowers emissions of greenhouse gasses, reduces the consumption of energy and non-renewable resources, thus completing a virtuous cycle: raw materials of agricultural origin are returned to the soil via a process of biodegradation and composting without the release of pollutants......

for more detail :
New film-forming polymer: LYCOAT®

Starch is a natural polymer that opens up the way to a multitude of applications when it is processed to enhance its properties. Roquette has developed, for pea starch, new chemical and physical treatments to obtain an excellent film-forming polymer: LYCOAT® (patent EP 1 684 731). This new film-forming polymer LYCOAT® enables the confectionery industry to produce innovative and attractive coatings with a starch base or the pharmaceutical industry to simplify and speed up the coating of tablets. It also enables the formulation of a new type of medicine: films that are dissolved on the tongue for immediate action of the active ingredient
Eco-Friendly Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is sometimes made from recycled polyethelene, for example. An even more eco-friendly, alternative to bubble wrap, however, is a biodegradable version made from layers of crimped paper or cardboard. Green versions of padded mailers are now made with these bubble wrap alternatives, for safely shipping small objects.

Biodegradable Packing Peanuts

Packing peanuts are also available in biodegradable and compostable versions made from cornstarch. These peanuts dissolve in water. Both eco bubble wrap and packing peanuts are available from office supply stores, moving and truck rental companies and specialty packaging suppliers. Another eco-friendly alternative to packing peanuts, as suggested by Ellen Sandbeck in her guide to sustainable living, Green Housekeeping,: use plain air-popped popcorn instead of styrafoam packaging.

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