Philipp Böing

Founder: Darwin Toolbox, SynBioSoc / UCL iGEM organizer, University College London

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In the future, will "food" split into "nutrition" and "flavor"?

What will we eat in the future?
Soylent: https://campaign.soylent.me/soylent-free-your-body ? An optimized, healthy but bland mixture for most nutrition?
Will this bring the price of "real" food, meat and vegetables up, as to become unaffordable for most?
Will there be a middle section of new "flavour products" such as synthetic meat or "aeroshots"?

  • Oct 17 2013: I for one would appreciate it if they just left the real food (fresh fruits & vegetables) alone! It is perfect, everything else we do to it takes away from that perfection.
  • Oct 17 2013: If one looks at the global food crisis which is quickly becoming a reality, we have to realise that a future of genetically modified food is quickly approaching. As far as taste and nutrition are concerned, I foresee a split; those who can afford to will have tasty food and those who cannot will have to settle for nutrition as opposed to taste.
    Thank you
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    Oct 16 2013: food is split into that exact 2 categories on the labeling
    cost of "real food" comes with "organic & free range" which is questionable as these quantities are almost stocked in the same quantities as the more commercialised "food'
    some soya products could be cosidered as our first "synthetic meat"
    our current middle is the full meal in a packet for 4 with a "meat Substitute"

    i still read the product information on the packets just to see what crap i'm buying to fuel my body
  • Oct 16 2013: The ideal as far as I'm concerned, is to have healthy food that tastes as good as unhealthy food does today. I honestly don't really care if its artificial, industrial, or otherwise, only for the end result, but then, I'm less sentimental than most people.

    Sounds like a bad idea to move the nutrients into a minimalistic state, however. Why should eating be a chore? Bland, unappetizing nutrient pastes are for astronauts and emergencies, not to be forced on the general public.

    Though yes, if we ever make the switch to largely artificial foods, the "real" stuff will become a luxury item. It'd probably be worse for you in health terms, be horrendously expensive and wasteful in terms of resources, and may not even taste any better, but since when do status symbols have to make sense?
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    Oct 16 2013: phillip, did you want more time on this conversation, right now you have 23 hours, click "edit" to add more time.