Technology MIT Scientist Accidentally Discovers Environmentally Friendly Food Packaging

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Sometimes the best solutions to complex problems are simply stumbled upon.

That is definitely the case with Cambridge Crops’ innovative silk-based food covering.

Benedetto Marelli, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, was taking part in a lab-wide cooking competition during his postdoc program at Tufts.

Because, you know, that’s what scientists do.

The one requirement of the cooking competition was that each dish had to incorporate silk.

After the contest, Marelli accidentally left a silk-dipped strawberry on his bench.

“I came back almost one week later, and the strawberries that were coated were still edible. The ones that were not coated with silk were completely spoiled. That opened up a new world for me,” he said.

Inspired by his accidental discovery, Marelli partnered with several Boston-based scientists to form Cambridge Crops.

 
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