Local farmer turns to natural cleaner to kill bacteria

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With the recent Hepatitis, viral, and bacteria outbreaks in fruits and vegetables, a local farmer says he’s found a solution to the problem.

Richard Ha is a fourth generation farmer from Hawaii Island who specializes in growing bananas and tomatoes.

“It’s extremely important. We want to make sure when it leaves us, it’s as low as possible in any bacteria and fungus all those different things,” Ha said.

A few weeks ago, Ha and his farmers started experimenting with a new cleaner aimed at killing bacteria, viruses, mold and other single-celled organisms.

“It reduces the amount of bacteria dramatically,” Ha said.

Aqueous Ozone is an Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved spray made from oxygen. When sprayed with a little water, it destroys viruses and bacteria.

“So, the extra oxygen molecule attaches on to the viruses bacteria pathogens. It basically makes a puka in the cell membrane, which causes it to de-inflate,” Inovi Green co-founder and managing partner Vincent Kimura said.

Ha says the product has replaced other chemical treatments and is good for his workers’ health and for consumers who eat his produce.

“Everybody cares more about what they eat, where it comes from, how it’s grown. If it has chemicals, pesticides, growth hormones or antibiotics,” Chef Alan Wong said.

One might find several hundred bacteria on a piece of produce pulled straight from a garden. By spraying Aqueous Ozone on a the piece of produce, the bacteria count dramatically decreases.

The quick spray eliminates close to 90 percent of the bacteria.

“If it works like we hope it will work, then we can eliminate some the chemicals that we presently use,” Ha said.

For more information, visit www.inovigreen.com.

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