Shelf Life of Foods
February 2, 2013

A friend once remarked “I don’t buy this brand of bread because mold doesn’t grow on it if its kept aside for a few days”.  Interesting observation.  Recently I attended a talk on organic foods and sustainable agriculture at the Navadarshanam farm.  The speaker highlighted on additives being used in foods to increase shelf life.  This got me thinking of my friend’s remark.  Perhaps we should look for foods that attract insects, pests, mold and other types of fungi.  If they can eat it, the food is probably safe for our consumption too!  But if the food is covered with pesticides and other chemicals, perhaps we need to stay away just like the insects do!!   I think the solution lies in eating organic foods or pesticide-free foods, well before the mold or insects start attacking it.