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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Keep your Fruits and Vege fresh with Methylcyclo what!!!

Ahhhhhh the wonders of technological breakthroughs.

Sssssshhhh this might be controversial! Sit back and relax but don’t take a bite out of that “fresh fruit” in your hand yet.

Read first:

The “fresh fruits and vegetables” we buy from our favorite stores are safely handled and protected.

Do you know how much time it took for that fruit and vegetables to travel from the harvest field to the packing plant - storage warehouse - long bed trailer trip - store shelves to your table?

One day! Nah…

One week one month maybe even one year? You’re right!

That’s the beauty of high technological advances.

Our smart producers are able to preserve our favorite “fresh fruits and vege’s” from the time it was harvested till it reach our table for a good length of time.

With the use of technology they manage to keep them looking fresh and shiny even after all the packing, trips and storage for who knows how long…all within their control.

Isn’t that wonderful? Or is it!

Here’s the wonder treatment.

1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) is a cyclopropene derivative used as a synthetic plant growth regulator. It is structurally related to the natural plant hormone ethylene and it is used commercially to slow down the ripening of fruit and to help maintain the freshness of cut flowers.
Chemical properties
1-MCP is a cycloalkene with the molecular formula C4H6. It is a volatile gas at standard temperature and pressure with a boiling point of ~12 °C.

Mechanism of action

Ethylene exists as a gas and it acts at trace levels throughout the life of a plant by stimulating or regulating various processes such as the ripening of fruit, the opening of flowers, and the shedding of leaves. The mechanism of action of 1-MCP involves it tightly binding to the ethylene receptor in plants and thereby blocking the effects of ethylene.

Commercial use

There are two principal commercial uses of 1-MCP: maintaining the freshness of ornamental plants and flowers, and preventing the ripening of fruits. In each case, 1-MCP is combined with other materials for handling and then mixed with a specific amount of water or other solution to release it into the air. It is used in enclosed indoor sites, such as coolers, truck trailers, greenhouses, storage facilities, and shipping containers.

Under the brand name EthylBloc, 1-MCP was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on ornamental crops. It is used with cut flowers, potted flowers, and bedding, nursery and foliage plants to prevent premature wilting, leaf yellowing, premature opening, and premature death.
1-MCP was sold by Essara Arete to a company who branded it SmartFresh, 1-MCP is used in the agriculture industry by growers, packers, and shippers to maintain the quality of fruits and vegetables by preventing or delaying the natural ripening process. The use of 1-MCP in agricultural products including apples, kiwifruit, tomatoes, bananas, plums, persimmons, avacados and melons has been approved and accepted for use in more than 34 countries including the European Union and the United States. Although there are benefits to the consumer including fresher produce and lower cost, there is some concern that consumers may be purchasing fruit that is older than expected.

1-MCP is also being developed as a new crop protection technique. By spraying 1-MCP on growing field crops during times of stress, the crops may be protected from moderate heat and drought conditions.

Thanks to the Info source Wikipedia.

This is sort of like keeping stuff in a time capsule.

I don’t know about you but I’m curious to know if this is going to protect or rob the vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes that we desperately need. 

This is fairly new it was only approved for use in 2006 so unfortunately, there’s not much study made about it.

Maybe in the next ten years we’ll find out. Just as the experts did with other harmful chemicals they now found in the plastics that we use.

For the meantime as long as they look good, taste good…will you eat them?

Hmmmm, Not me. I’ll just stick with my Fitline Bioplus.

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