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Madhura Rao

Madhura Rao

Madhura Rao

Bio

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.

Experience

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

Instant Noodles | How Are They Made? Madhura Rao Instant Noodles | How Are They Made? Why was this goodness invented?
How is Instant Coffee Powder Made? Madhura Rao How is Instant Coffee Powder Made? Just how do you make 'instant coffee'?
Where Does Jackfruit Come From and How Is It Grown? Madhura Rao Where Does Jackfruit Come From and How Is It Grown? Where does jackfruit grow?
Ancient Farming Systems | Ask the Expert Madhura Rao, Dr Shyama Vermeersch Ancient Farming Systems | Ask the Expert What can we learn from ancient civilisations?
10 Organisations Fighting for Food Security Madhura Rao 10 Organisations Fighting for Food Security Fighting for food security and fairer practices in the food system
Pollination | How It Works Madhura Rao Pollination | How It Works How do pollinators play a role in your food?
Human Rights in the Food System | Ask the Expert Madhura Rao, Dr. Nadia Bernaz Human Rights in the Food System | Ask the Expert What’s being done about human rights issues today?
Can Pigs Help Reduce Food Waste? Madhura Rao Can Pigs Help Reduce Food Waste? They already do in Japan!
Plastic-Free Food Packaging: Where Do We Stand? Madhura Rao Plastic-Free Food Packaging: Where Do We Stand? The plastic conundrum
What Does Jackfruit Taste Like & How Do You Eat It? Madhura Rao What Does Jackfruit Taste Like & How Do You Eat It? Is this fruit sweet or savoury?
Food Deserts | Why Do They Exist? Madhura Rao Food Deserts | Why Do They Exist? Why healthy food isn’t accessible for all of us
Allergens in food Madhura Rao Allergens in food What are they and how can they be managed?
How Climate Change Affects Truffle Growth Madhura Rao How Climate Change Affects Truffle Growth What does the future of truffle look like?
COVID-19 | Impacts On Food Waste Madhura Rao, Dr Alie de Boer COVID-19 | Impacts On Food Waste How the crisis might lead to more food waste
5 Tips to Reduce Household Food Waste Madhura Rao 5 Tips to Reduce Household Food Waste Home kitchen tricks to minimize household food waste
What Is Organic Food | Is it really chemical-free? Madhura Rao What Is Organic Food | Is it really chemical-free? Is it really possible to grow chemical-free food?
Black Tea: The Social Cost of Assam Tea Madhura Rao Black Tea: The Social Cost of Assam Tea What it takes to change the system
First Expired, First Out | Fight Food Waste Like a Pro Madhura Rao First Expired, First Out | Fight Food Waste Like a Pro How to use the FIFO method to cut back on food waste at home
Cheap Seafood | The Social Cost of Production Madhura Rao Cheap Seafood | The Social Cost of Production What’s really happening at sea?
3 Different Types of Sugar Madhura Rao 3 Different Types of Sugar Who knew there were so many different forms of sugar?
Mushroom Farming & Processing | Ask The Expert Madhura Rao, Jan Klerken Mushroom Farming & Processing | Ask The Expert Mushrooms can be enriched with Vitamin D?
How Do Food Businesses Manage Food Waste? Madhura Rao How Do Food Businesses Manage Food Waste? Not all options are equally sustainable
Saffron | How it’s Grown Madhura Rao Saffron | How it’s Grown What makes saffron the most expensive spice in the world?
Mozzarella Cheese | How It’s Made Madhura Rao Mozzarella Cheese | How It’s Made What makes it stretch?
How Are Truffles Are Grown - And What Makes Them So Special? Madhura Rao How Are Truffles Are Grown - And What Makes Them So Special? Why are truffles so expensive?
What Are Novel Foods and How Are They Approved? Madhura Rao What Are Novel Foods and How Are They Approved? From insects to quinoa
Are Edible Snails a source of sustainable meat? Madhura Rao Are Edible Snails a source of sustainable meat? Firm, chewy and with a small carbon footprint
What is Ghee? Madhura Rao What is Ghee? How is this dairy fat made?
Chewing Gum | What is gum made of? Madhura Rao Chewing Gum | What is gum made of? What ingredients are in your chewing gum?
Animal Testing in Food Research | Ask the Expert Madhura Rao, Dr Alie de Boer Animal Testing in Food Research | Ask the Expert Are there any alternatives?
Problems With Palm Oil | Cost of Production Madhura Rao Problems With Palm Oil | Cost of Production A versatile vegetable oil turned environmental nuisance.
Invention of the Fork | How Did Forks Come to Be? Madhura Rao Invention of the Fork | How Did Forks Come to Be? How did forks come to be?
Phosphorus | How It Impacts Food Security Madhura Rao Phosphorus | How It Impacts Food Security What happens when the soil runs dry?
Palm Oil | How It’s Made Madhura Rao Palm Oil | How It’s Made Origins of the widely-used oil
EU Green Deal: 5 Ways Policy Might Impact Our Food System Madhura Rao 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?
How is Sugar Made? Madhura Rao How is Sugar Made? Find out where this sweet substance comes from!
Plantain Bananas | Different Ways To Cook Plantains Madhura Rao Plantain Bananas | Different Ways To Cook Plantains How do different cultures cook plantains?