Madhura Rao

Madhura Rao


When she’s not writing, Madhura can be found sampling new varieties of tea, reading her favourite feminist blogs, looking for cats to pet in her neighbourhood or scouting for seasonal produce at the local farmers’ market.


Madhura is currently pursuing a PhD at Maastricht University’s Food Claims Centre in Venlo. Her research looks into the valorisation of food waste from the perspective of EU food safety law and policy. She received her MSc in Food Safety from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Madhura freelances as a food science writer and has previously worked with a Dutch public policy organisation specialising in animal feed safety, as a food safety intern with the European Food Information Council in Brussels, and as a food critic for a creative agency in Mumbai.

You can get in touch with Madhura if you have any questions about food safety or if you’d like to share some funny cat memes with her.

Articles by Madhura Rao

3 Different Types of Sugar

Who knew there were so many different forms of sugar?

Problems With Palm Oil | Cost of Production

A versatile vegetable oil turned environmental nuisance.

Can Pigs Help Reduce Food Waste?

They already do in Japan!

10 Organisations Fighting for Food Security

Fighting for food security and fairer practices in the food system

Microplastic in Our Food

Should we really be worried about microplastics?

Chewing Gum | What is gum made of?

What ingredients are in your chewing gum?

Palm Oil | How It’s Made

Origins of the widely-used oil

How is Instant Coffee Powder Made?

Just how do you make 'instant coffee'?

What is Ghee?

How is this dairy fat made?

How Climate Change Affects Truffle Growth

What does the future of truffle look like?

Pollination | How It Works

How do pollinators play a role in your food?

Plantain Bananas | Different Ways To Cook Plantains

How do different cultures cook plantains?

Aquaculture Feed: Is There Enough to go Around?

How will we feed farm-raised fish?

Ancient Farming Systems | Ask the Expert

What can we learn from ancient civilisations?

Crops That Feed The World | Wheat

Can wheat continue to feed the world?

Cheap Seafood | The Social Cost of Production

What’s really happening at sea?

Crops That Feed The World | Maize

Why maize is the world’s most produced cereal

How is Sugar Made?

Find out where this sweet substance comes from!

EU Green Deal: 5 Ways Policy Might Impact Our Food System

Can the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy sustainably change the way we eat?

First Expired, First Out | Fight Food Waste Like a Pro

How to use the FIFO method to cut back on food waste at home

Human Rights in the Food System | Ask the Expert

What’s being done about human rights issues today?

Food Deserts | Why Do They Exist?

Why healthy food isn’t accessible for all of us

Instant Noodles | How Are They Made?

Why was this goodness invented?

Are Edible Snails a source of sustainable meat?

Firm, chewy and with a small carbon footprint

5 Tips to Reduce Household Food Waste

Home kitchen tricks to minimize household food waste

Black Tea: The Social Cost of Assam Tea

What it takes to change the system

Phosphorus | How It Impacts Food Security

What happens when the soil runs dry?

How Do Food Businesses Manage Food Waste?

Not all options are equally sustainable

What Is Organic Food | Is it really chemical-free?

Is it really possible to grow chemical-free food?

Saffron | How it’s Grown

What makes saffron the most expensive spice in the world?

COVID-19 | Impacts On Food Waste

How the crisis might lead to more food waste

Mushroom Farming & Processing | Ask The Expert

Mushrooms can be enriched with Vitamin D?

Allergens in food

What are they and how can they be managed?

Crops That Feed The World | Rice

How rice became a global commodity

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