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Could avocado peels become the new plastic? Study finds possibility

Mexican avocados roll down a production line at Frutas Finas packing plant in Tancitaro, in the western Mexican state of Michoacán. Production has ramped up by 50 percent since December to satisfy demand in the US for Super Bowl Sunday, the highest consumption day of the green fruit by Americans.
Carrie Kahn

This interview originally aired on In the Moment on SDPB Radio.

Avocado peels can be turned into biodegradable films that could replace plastic, according to a study conducted by a South Dakota State University associate professor, Srinivas Janaswamy, Ph.D., and a graduate research assistant, Shafaet Ahmed.

From toothbrushes to cars, Janaswamy believes Americans are too dependent on plastic and avocados might be the solution.

He joined In The Moment to discuss the study, how scalable manufacturing this alternative might be and the problem with plastic.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.
Ari Jungemann is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.
Elizabeth is an intern with South Dakota Public Broadcasting.