Food Processing Technology Fights Pollution

Pollution, environmental or not, poisons not only the world we live in but the food we eat. We all know that smog and other air pollution issues shorten the human lifespan and promote the development of respiratory diseases and bacterial infections. And we all know that water pollution/environmental damage leads to the breeding of malaria-infested mosquitoes and the spread of lethal illness. But what we sometimes forget is that these diseases don’t only shorten the human lifespan and poison and infect humans. All life suffers from pollution and environmental damage from humans on down the food chain. One might say that the chickens are coming home to roost, except there are no more chickens, nor is there anything else safe to eat at all.

That was what was on the mind of Ron Fink, the president and CEO of RGF Food Safety Systems, when he initially patented his food processing technology in 1997. For six years, RGF was the industry leader in treating food supplies to remove bacterial infections and to reverse, to some extent, the damage caused by pollution and environmental issues. A court case and a non-competition agreement in 2003 forced RGF out of the market for years more, leaving the patented technology out of food warehouses and making our food supply slowly less safe.

Now, in 2008, RGF is back with a vengeance. Its legal issues are cleared and it can continue its mission of fighting pollution and environmental hazards in the nation’s food supply.

RGF’s technology works on ozone-friendly ultraviolet principles, helping not only to keep food free of disease, but to help prevent the underlying pollution/environmental related causes of food-borne disease in the first place. RGF also provides companies with technical training to help them learn to operate their plants according to environmentally sound principles, from non-chemical air treatments in the food processing plants to “green” wastewater recycling.

In addition to its food processing work, RGF also carry outs a series of “EnviroVision” plans for various businesses, offering consulting work and carry outation advice for a variety of patented food, air, and water purification technologies.

RGF is big business, yes, with clients around the world. But it’s rare to see an example of big business with a conscience: a firm that doesn’t exploit its workers or its planet, but that takes upon itself the responsibility of helping to keep the food supply clean and to fight the pollution/environmental degradation issues that increasingly plague our post-industrial society. It’s hard to imagine any factory farm-style corporation doing the same.