The application of transparent film on silage is making good headway in places like Scotland, where farmers have been discovering that they can reduce their plastic waste and improve the quality of their forage.
silage wrapWith the increased interest from manufacturers and retailers in the market place, more farmers are getting on board with transparent plastic for their food and drink. Please see this article for more information.
The benefit of transparent plastic is that it not only makes it much easier to read and understand – especially in those places where ‘local’ means ‘locally grown’ – but also because it reduces costs associated with ‘natural ‘organic’ feed. As a producer of organic feed, I have noticed an increase in sales as farmers get more comfortable with buying this form of feed – mostly because they no longer need to purchase synthetic feed for their animals. If they buy transparent plastic, however, it could just be a temporary fix for them. This is because once the demand for this product increases, the prices for synthetic products will again increase, and farmers who opt for this type of feed will have to find another solution.
The benefits of using silage wrap for the production of organic and natural feed goes beyond the cost of production. It also helps protect our environment from all the chemicals, preservatives, fats and other additives used in our daily diet. As most of us know, we consume around four hundred million litres of milk, nine billion eggs and twenty-three trillion litres of cheese each year.
Clear plastic is made from polyethylene terephthalate, a synthetic polymer used in the manufacture of plastic bottles. It has a translucent quality similar to that of plastic water bottles. The advantage of using transparent film over a glass bottle or tinned food is that the chemicals and contaminants used in the manufacture of these bottles do not affect the quality or taste of food, but this is not the case when it comes to clear plastic food.
To give the impression of ‘clean’ food, manufacturers of foods often use preservatives such as bleach, sulphuric acid, and potassium sorbate. These chemicals work by binding with the proteins in the food, reducing texture and flavour. However, these chemicals do more harm than good. They have been known to cause cancer in lab mice, making them dangerous ingredients. This is one reason why it is not advisable to use such chemicals for the production of organic and natural food.
Using clear plastic to wrap food and drinks helps avoid this problem. By cutting out these harmful additives and chemicals, the nutrients found in the food will be preserved intact and without having to be removed, thereby ensuring that people continue to eat the same amount of protein throughout their whole life, even during times of high demand.
Silage wrap does not provide an instant solution to reducing the amount of synthetic and preservative-laden feed that is being used, however. Still, it certainly provides an alternative to using artificial ones. Hay is produced in a controlled environment that is easy to maintain and clean, so as long as the hay is disposed of correctly, it will last for years.
Finally, silage wrap may well be the future of plastic packaging. It is a viable and affordable means of managing food waste and reducing your carbon footprint.