Growing up in Battle Ground, Wash., James Rogers wanted to be an inventor. He spent weekends at the local hardware store sorting through buckets of odds and ends, moved by the idea that he could use ordinary materials to make something new. “I didn’t know then that that was science,” he says over Zoom from his home in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Some 25 years since those afternoons with his “invention journal,” Mr. Rogers, 35, is now promoting a scientific discovery that could improve the global food-supply chain. His company, Apeel, applies an edible, plant-based coating to fruits and vegetables that extends their shelf life without refrigeration.
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