Posts Tagged ‘chemical free storage’

NEW SCIENTIFIC PAPER DISCUSSES AFLATOXIN CONTROL WITH SAFER POSTHARVEST PRACTICES

June 28th, 2017

In human beings, high aflatoxin levels depress the immune system, thereby contributing to many health problems ranging from cancer and susceptibility to HIV, to stunted growth among children. This led governments in Africa to band together to stop the spread of Aflatoxins in the continent. At an October 2016 meeting with the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), Ugandan President, H.E. Yoweri Museveni called for a collective effort among African countries to address aflatoxin challenges.

However, improved postharvest handling remains the most overlooked component for effectively preventing aflatoxin growth. In hot, humid climates, long term conventional storage can cause exponential growth of aflatoxins. It shows that restricting the increase in aflatoxin levels during both drying and storage is a major challenge, particularly under hot and humid conditions.

An increasingly popular and inexpensive alternative method for controlling aflatoxin growth during multi-month storage is using flexible, Ultra Hermetic™ storage containers. This storage technology relies on creating a conditions that will control increase in aflatoxin levels through the bio generation of low oxygen levels. For the successful application of Ultra Hermetic storage as well as for other storage methods, crops must be adequately dried, typically to a point below their ―critical moisture level (in equilibrium with 65% relative humidity).

This paper examines the prevention of the exponential growth of aflatoxin occurring in multi-month, postharvest storage in tropical countries, with examples from field experience and scientific data. Four approaches to modern, safe, postharvest storage methods are described, the most successful being the use of flexible, Ultra Hermetic™ airtight structures creating an unbreathable atmosphere (low oxygen, high carbon dioxide) through insect and microorganism respiration alone, without use of chemicals, fumigants, vacuum, or refrigeration.

SCHOOL KIDS IN HONDURAS ARE BENEFITTING FROM HERMETIC STORAGE

June 15th, 2017

Bags of rice being loaded into a Cocoon.

Children in the village of Krausirpi in Honduras are benefitting from rice that was not treated with any harmful chemicals thanks to Ultra Hermetic™ and patented GrainPro® Cocoons™. The Cocoons were delivered on March 2017 and are currently protecting food crops against insects and fungal growth.

The United Nations’ World Food Programme partnered with GrainPro to store rice as part of a feeding program aimed at local school children. The Cocoons were delivered to the beautiful La Moskitia region – a large wetlands area in Honduras considered by many as the “Amazon” of Central America – using dugout canoes.

Preserving highly nutritious stocks of staple grains is a serious problem for the locals due to it’s location and the atmospheric conditions in the region. To safely preserve the shelf life and protect staple crops against infestation and fungal contamination, new storage methods – such as the Cocoon – are immediately needed to make an immediate impact.

The Cocoon is a hermetic storage container that comes in various capacities of 5MT to 1050MT. It is made from flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with gastight and watertight properties to prevent the exchange of air and moisture. It effectively preserves and extends the shelf life of dried agricultural commodities using inert gases such as carbon dioxide to kill all insects. This means that the stored food crops won’t have any residues of harmful chemical fumigants.

The Cocoons were transported in canoes.

Scenic and pristine community.

A Cocoon storing bags of rice.

PACIFIC ISLAND EXPLORES SUN DRYING AND ULTRA HERMETIC™ STORAGE

June 8th, 2017

New Caledonia is getting much needed help to safely dry and store locally produced food crops as it attempts to invigorate the agricultural sector. Tom de Bruin, President of GrainPro® Philippines, recently visited the area to train government personnel in the use of innovative sun dryers and Ultra Hermetic™ storage solutions.

The island chain in the Pacific Ocean has big hopes of achieving food and agricultural independence. Called the “Heart of the Pacific”, this French territory is known for its rich deposits of nickel, which play a crucial role in the international nickel trade.

Despite its status as a major economy among the many island countries in the Pacific, it is very dependent on imports to feed an estimated population of 670,000. For example, rice, the staple food of the islands, is imported from Thailand and nearby Australia. An estimated 6000 tons of brown rice are imported each year with only one mill to process everything.

To turn things around, the French government assigned the Agence de Développement Economique de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (New Caledonia Economic Development Agency) or ADECAL to diversify the islands’ agricultural resources. ADECAL is currently developing the rice seed business to provide local farms with acclimatized rice seeds that fit the islands’ tropical climate.

GrainPro is working with ADECAL to test innovative postharvest solutions to safely dry and store rice seeds. Using Solar Bubble Dryers™, harvested seeds at 22 to 17 percent moisture content are dried down to a safe 12 percent. The seeds are then stored in SuperGrainbags® and Cocoons™ to ensure optimal storage conditions and good germination. New Caledonia is now planning to use the Cocoons to store consumption paddy in the next harvest season.

Food sufficiency is a common challenge among small island countries. Their isolation requires them to be self-sufficient, but the lack of resources make it difficult to achieve this. Whether grown locally or imported, dry agricultural commodities can rely on GrainPro’s line of Ultra Hermetic storage solutions and innovative sun dryers to safely preserve quality and quantity of seeds and dry agricultural commodities without using harmful chemical fumigants.

FOR LILO FRUITS, QUALITY PRESERVATION A REALITY THROUGH HERMETIC BAGS

May 24th, 2017

LILO Fruits is not your typical fruit trading company. Based in Costa Rica, owners Kris Carvajal and Junior Quesada are passionate about employing innovative and improved ways to protect the quality of their organically-grown products. Their obsession gained the trust and confidence of their customers, both locally and abroad. One of the ways they safely preserve their coffee and turmeric, is by packing them in GrainPro® SuperGrainbags® (SGB) — an Ultra Hermetic™ liner with super low permeability to air and moisture.

The company grows organically different types of foodcrops at their Finca Lilo de Biolley, situated inside the largest rainforest park in Central America. The beautiful and lush location is perfect for growing various food crops that include various fruits-bearing trees such as lime, graviola, rambutan, banana, and coffee, and spices such as black pepper and their prized turmeric.

“LILO Fruits strives to inspire our buyers and our communities to lead an active, healthy lifestyle by offering simple and convenient options that are always fresh, safe and healthy,” explains Jennifer Long, a partner and spokesperson. Their commitment to their customers, farmers and the communities they belong to motivates them to utilize bio-intensive, bio-dynamic and permaculture techniques to ensure that they have the best, healthiest, cleanest, and the freshest offerings.

However, protecting their organically-grown commodities against insects and fungal growth is a major cause of concern. This is when LILO Fruits began using SGBs.

Other similar companies would’ve resorted to chemical fumigation. A common problem among companies that promote organically-grown commodities is that they employ inorganic measures along their production processes. Chemicals tend to kill adult insects, but leave eggs to develop and do damage later. Additionally, chemical residues are left on the commodities, which are eventually ingested by consumers. These are some of the reasons why international regulations are implementing tighter policies on the use of chemical fumigants on food crops.

The SuperGrainbag is just one of many Ultra Hermetic solutions developed by GrainPro. It’s an affordable liner bag designed to protect dried agricultural commodities against infestation and mold growth, while preserving freshness and aromatic qualities for more than a year. What’s more is that using the SGB can kill all insects, including their eggs, without chemical fumigation.

“We’ve had positive results from using the GrainPro bags (SGB) in shipping roasted coffee and powdered turmeric,” says Long. She described that they store the commodities in double layered SGBs for added protection. “I am happy that the bags organically control insects without any chemical residues. GrainPro truly pleases us!”

The combination of the quality of their products’ and their handling make them stand out in the market. They have big plans ahead, too. Organic medicinal food products made of raw materials grown from the region are already in the works.

It’s all about quality. Through Ultra Hermetic storage, LILO Fruits has a sustainable way to safely preserve quality without putting in chemicals that could harm those they serve their products to. The future is looking bright for LILO Fruits.

New Scientific Paper Discusses How to Control Aflatoxin Growth with Safe Post Harvest Practices

February 23rd, 2017

In human beings, high aflatoxin levels depress the immune system, thereby contributing to many health problems ranging from cancer and susceptibility to HIV, to stunted growth among children. This led governments in Africa to band together to stop the spread of Aflatoxins in the continent. At an October 2016 meeting with the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), Ugandan President, H.E. Yoweri Museveni called for a collective effort among African countries to address aflatoxin challenges.

However, postharvest storage remains the most overlooked stage for effectively preventing aflatoxin growth. In hot, humid climates, long term conventional storage can produce exponential growth of aflatoxins. It shows that restricting the increase in aflatoxin levels during both drying and long-term storage is a major challenge, particularly in hot and humid conditions.

An increasingly popular and inexpensive alternative method for controlling aflatoxin growth during multi-month storage is using flexible, Ultra Hermetic™ storage containers. This storage technology relies on creating a condition such that insect plus microflora respiration, and sometimes respiration of the commodity itself, is greater than residual intake of oxygen through ultra-low permeability container material. For the successful use of Ultra Hermetic storage as well as for other storage methods, crops must be adequately dried, typically to a point below their ―critical moisture level (in equilibrium with 65% relative humidity).

A new technical report on this topic is scheduled to appear in the Journal of Food Research’ April edition with added information from Professor Flavio Meira Borem, world leader in coffee research, post-harvest technology and new packaging materials. Download an advanced copy by following this link. – http://www.grainpro.com/gpi/images/PDF/PU3026PV1016%20JFR-Food_Safety_and_Aflatoxin_Control.pdf

COFFEE SEED PRODUCER FIGHTS OFF COFFEE PESTS WITHOUT USING PESTICIDES

December 9th, 2016

MATAGALPA, NICARAGUA – A trial in October found that the GrainPro® SuperGrainbag® (SGB) Premium RT can stop insects without adverse effects on coffee seed germination. This came after the trial commissioned by a national coffee seed producer provided positive results against Coffee Borer Beetles (Hypothenemus hampei).

During the trial, two SuperGrainbags – one bag was flushed with carbon dioxide and the other was used without flushing – were tested against a conventional polypropylene bag that was used as a control. Andrés Cortés, GrainPro Regional Manager for Central America, reported that in both SuperGrainbags the pests were fully exterminated without any adverse effects to the seed germination rate.

In Nicaragua, coffee seeds are normally kept in polypropylene bags that are stored inside cold rooms. Often, the infestation present in the stored seeds, builds adaptive responses that allows it to thrive once temperature increases. Since trade laws require that coffee should not have traces of chemical fumigants, producers are challenged to find innovative ways to control infestation.

GrainPro’s SGB Premium RT is a popular multi-layered liner for coffee and other prime agricultural commodities. It is relied upon by many coffee producers and traders for its low permeability to air and moisture, factors that contribute to the development of molds and infestation among stored commodities. By controlling a low moisture content and low oxygen atmosphere using the SGB liners, farmers can safely preserve coffee beans and seeds free from insects such the Coffee Borer Beetles without using harmful chemicals.

For more information about the SuperGrainbag Premium RT and other GrainPro products, log on to www.grainpro.com.

FARMERS ADOPT CHEMICAL-FREE STORAGE SOLUTIONS IN TANZANIA

November 22nd, 2016
A Cocoon being installed in Tanzania in 2015.

A Cocoon being installed in Tanzania in 2015.

Nairobi, Kenya – Food security groups in Africa called for innovative cost-reduction schemes and make postharvest storage solutions more affordable for smallholder farmers. The partners lobbied for government levied tax exemptions and subsidized prices on hermetic storage solutions such as the GrainPro® Cocoons™ during the African Green Revolution Forum on September 9.

Betty Kibaara, Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director, told reporters that farmers are abandoning the application of harmful chemical treatments on stored crops. “Demonstration projects have contributed immensely in raising the awareness of farmers about existing technologies and are now adopting these solutions to reduce food losses,” she added.

In 2014, the Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) tested Cocoons in Tanzania and found it to be very effective against pests and dangerous aflatoxins. Waiving the 18 per cent value added tax and including the Cocoon in a lineup of postharvest solutions that receive subsidized pricing from government would accelerate and widen adoptions.

Betty Kibaara, Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director, supports schemes to make hermetic solutions more affordable to farmers in Africa. (Photo by Futures Agriculture)

Betty Kibaara, Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director, supports schemes to make hermetic solutions more affordable to farmers in Africa. (Photo by Futures Agriculture)

FUMIGATORS IN ISRAEL EXPOSED TO GRAINPRO’S NON-TOXIC FUMIGATION SOLUTION

November 9th, 2016

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OR YEHUDA, ISRAEL – More than a hundred licensed fumigators came together on October 27, 2016 to learn about new and innovative non-toxic fumigation practices. Dr. Shlomo and Hagit Navarro of Green Storage, Ltd., GrainPro® distributor, talked to the fumigators about controlled atmosphere and carbon dioxide fumigation.

Strict Jewish dietary laws known as “Kashrut” require that food commodities are free of insects. Such religious laws are stricter than their governmental phytosanitary counterpart. Additionally, rising cases of bedbugs in homes and hotels that are increasingly developing resistance to insecticides are major causes of concern. Tough regulations prohibiting the use of conventional toxic fumigation methods require the use of safer alternatives to solve the problems.

Green Storage’s presentation on controlled atmosphere and carbon dioxide fumigation using the GrainPro Cocoon™ Indoor stirred a great deal of interest from the participants who were eager to learn more about organic storage and pest-control technologies. The positive feedback means that Green Storage will be introducing the Cocoon Indoor into the Israeli market at a large scale soon.

The patented Cocoon Indoor is an innovative solution that addresses both food pests and bed bugs.  Made from lightweight multi-layered materials, the Cocoon Indoor has all the gastight and watertight advantages that make it an effective pest control solution.

Since 2002, GrainPro has been very active in Israel and a plethora of clients have witnessed its effectiveness. A longtime client of Green Storage, a trading house of kosher spices, found huge success in using GrainPro SuperGrainbags® to safely preserve the quality of their spices and keep them free from insects.

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ONE COFFEE’S SOJOURN MEASURED IN HUMAN HANDS AND DAILY TEMPERATURES

October 26th, 2016

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Could GrainPro be holding the key to safely preserve coffee quality during shipment? Per this article from dailycoffeenews.com, GrainPro prevented moisture loss of coffee beans, and preserved the flavor and aromatic qualities of coffee better than jute bags

Read more: http://dailycoffeenews.com/2016/09/05/one-coffees-sojourn-measured-in-human-hands-and-daily-temperatures/

TRANSAFELINER™ TAKES OVER THE HIGH SEAS TO PROTECT DRY AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES

March 18th, 2016

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With the ridiculously high cost of using bulk carriers, international traders shifted to using shipping containers as a less expensive and flexible solution to transport high-value commodities and agricultural products.

However, shipping containers are easily affected by temperature fluctuations and contaminants. This makes dry bulk commodities vulnerable to the effects of condensation, infestation and mold growth. The GrainPro TranSafeliner™ Bulk (TSL Bulk) liner is developed to protect bulk commodities shipped in twenty-footer shipping containers.

Made from special gastight and watertight materials, the TSL Bulk is able to prevent the exchange of air and moisture. This superior level of hermeticity kills off embedded insects of all life stages, and inhibits fungal contamination without using harmful and toxic chemicals.

The TSL Bulk is a hygienic and economical solution for the bulk shipping of dry agricultural commodities. It reduces costs associated with shipping by maximizing the volume capacity of shipping containers. Most importantly, the TSL Bulk helps protect food against unhealthy contaminants. It ensures that the goods free from infestation and mold growth when they reach their ports of destination. For consumers, it prevents the intake of dangerous substances, such as aflatoxins, that can cause fatal illnesses and poor nutrient intake, especially among children.

For more information about the TranSafeliner Bulk, and other GrainPro solutions, please visit our website at www.grainpro.com, or email us at customerservice@grainpro.com.

Video: How to install the TranSafeliner Bulk. Copyright 2016. GrainPro.