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Madhura Rao

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

Madhura Rao 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?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao, Dr Alie de Boer COVID-19 | Impacts On Food Waste How the crisis might lead to more food waste
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao How Climate Change Affects Truffle Growth What does the future of truffle look like?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao How Is Jackfruit Eaten & How Does It Taste? Is this fruit sweet or savoury?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao, Dr Alie de Boer Animal Testing in Food Research | Ask the Expert Are there any alternatives?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Can Pigs Help Reduce Food Waste? They already do in Japan!
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao 3 Different Types of Sugar Who knew there were so many different forms of sugar?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Problems With Palm Oil | Cost of Production A versatile vegetable oil turned environmental nuisance.
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao How is Sugar Made? Find out where this sweet substance comes from!
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao What Is Organic Food | Is it really chemical-free? Is it really possible to grow chemical-free food?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Black Tea: The Social Cost of Assam Tea What it takes to change the system
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao How Truffles Are Grown What makes them so special?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Jackfruit | How It’s Grown Where does jackfruit grow?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Are Edible Snails a source of sustainable meat? Firm, chewy and with a small carbon footprint
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Instant Noodles | How Are They Made? Why was this goodness invented?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Pollination | How It Works How do pollinators play a role in your food?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Saffron | How it’s Grown What makes saffron the most expensive spice in the world?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao, Jan Klerken Mushroom Farming & Processing | Ask The Expert Mushrooms can be enriched with Vitamin D?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Palm Oil | How It’s Made Origins of the widely-used oil
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Mozzarella Cheese | How It’s Made What makes it stretch?
Madhura Rao Madhura Rao Chewing Gum | What is gum made of?