The Future of Food

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Screen capture Frigidaire Kitchen of the Future, 1957

The Guardian looks at the future of food, and it doesn't look appetizing. We have covered a lot of this territory before:

We'll eat bugs.

Why? Because insects, compared to livestock and fish, are a much more sustainable food source. They are available in abundance: for every human on Earth, there are 40 tonnes of insects.

This is not new food for thought at TreeHugger:
"Insect Proteins" as a Food Additive? EU Invests in Eating Bugs
Is Eating Insects the Answer to Reducing our Food Footprint?

We'll eat the packaging.

For Harvard bioengineer David Edwards, the answer to the packaging problem is simple: just eat it. Last year, Edwards launched WikiCells, a company that makes edible packaging for fruit juices, coffee, ice cream and other products.

I have never understood this idea; if you can eat the wrapper, wouldn't you need a wrapper for the wrapper?
It's a Wrap: Edible Thin Packaging Coming Soon

We'll eat fakes.

A growing number of young entrepreneurs, driven by ecological as well as profit motives, are seeking to replace resource-hungry foods such as meat with synthetic and plant-based alternatives.

Sami has noted that Lab-Grown Meat Could Slash Emissions By 96%. Or you could agree with John, who says Synthetic Meat Is A Ridiculous Delusion Offering No Environmental Benefit

© Yu Suzuki

Our kitchens will talk to us.

Suzuki and colleagues have kitted out a kitchen with ceiling-mounted cameras and projectors that overlay cooking instructions on the ingredients. Detecting the outline of a fish, for example, Suzuki's system will help you fillet it by highlighting where an incision needs to be made.

I need this now.

We'll eat enhanced.

Next year, it is hoped that golden rice – normal rice modified to produce beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A – will be planted by farmers in the Philippines. If successful, golden rice will help counter blindness and other diseases in children in the developing world.

Mat would argue this point, noting that "a quick survey of the literature on the actual effect of GM crops on crop yields reveals that the primary financial beneficiaries of GM crop introduction is not small-scale farmers but the multinational corporations and their ideological lapdogs." More in TreeHugger

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Tags: Food Miles | Food Safety | Food Security | GMO | Insects | Kitchens

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