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EOHSI Member and Division Director Philip Demokritou in the News

Phil Demokritou, Ph.D.

Henry Rutgers Chair and Professor

Director of the Division of Environmental & Population Health Biosciences.

‘Smart’ packaging preserves food and enhances safety without plastic waste

There is an urgent need to improve food packaging, according to the study’s co-leader Philip Demokritou, adjunct professor of environmental health at Harvard Chan School and director of the Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology Center. Minimizing spoilage and waste will help provide the world’s growing population—expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050—with safe and nutritious food. And plastic is not a benign environmental nuisance. It degrades over the course of its lifecycle, and releases tiny fragments into the environment that end up in our air, water, and food, raising concerns for health.

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(Source: Harvard T.H. Chan – School of Public Health News – Amy Roeder – April 12, 2022)

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