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Could this be the WORST Neolethal idea EVER? (aka, the Food Printer)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 24, 2010 at 7:53 PM

I see Faileo written all over this idea:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12069495

UNLESS it's filled with yummy grass-fed beef liver!!

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on December 30, 2010
at 12:16 AM

I agree. Modern technological dealings with food might be ugly and unhealthy today (GMO stuff, antibiotics, pesticides and unhealthy animal industrial practices?), but technology generally certainly has the potential to both enhance the nutritional quality/health of foods, reduce its price, etc.

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on December 29, 2010
at 09:35 PM

agreed. First thing that popped into my head is that seems like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to me (like the wall paper you can lick and it tastes like whatever the image is).

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on December 25, 2010
at 09:15 PM

Or......soylent green?

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on December 25, 2010
at 02:02 AM

They'll print it all using Montsano Corn!

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8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

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on December 24, 2010
at 09:26 PM

Although the picture looks gross, the idea is prominent in science fiction. I like the concept (if it means creating food out of thin air...not just "printing" food with ingredients) because it can help solve world hunger, and other issues of sustainability.

*"Imagine being able to essentially 'grow', 'cook' or prepare foods without the negative industrial impact - everything from fertilizers to saute pans and even packaging," he says. "The production chain requirements for food would nearly be eliminated."

Local food, could really mean local.

"You can imagine a 3D printer making homemade apple pie without the need for farming the apples, fertilizing, transporting, refrigerating, packaging, fabricating, cooking, serving and the need for all of the materials in these processes like cars, trucks, pans, coolers, etc," he adds.*

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on December 25, 2010
at 09:15 PM

Or......soylent green?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on December 25, 2010
at 02:02 AM

They'll print it all using Montsano Corn!

6869a1f2294b3a717a53645589a91d18

(1689)

on December 30, 2010
at 12:16 AM

I agree. Modern technological dealings with food might be ugly and unhealthy today (GMO stuff, antibiotics, pesticides and unhealthy animal industrial practices?), but technology generally certainly has the potential to both enhance the nutritional quality/health of foods, reduce its price, etc.

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on December 29, 2010
at 07:41 PM

Basically just looks like a fancy cookie cutter to me at the present level of technology. It's only as bad as the ingredients put into it... at this point. This part unsettles me, though:

"You can imagine a 3D printer making homemade apple pie without the need for farming the apples..."

This is impossible using the technology they have, which would involve loading apples into the machine, making the idea of making an apple pie "without the need for farming the apples" totally nonsensical unless they plan on loading it with a bunch of artificial crap in order to do this. They don't have the technology to just pull fresh, real apples out of thin air.

21084e275703e9a3909dafa28e5d29b5

(1103)

on December 29, 2010
at 09:35 PM

agreed. First thing that popped into my head is that seems like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to me (like the wall paper you can lick and it tastes like whatever the image is).

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on December 26, 2010
at 07:05 PM

Like any recipe, it all depends what you put into it. How it's physically assembled (printer or mixing bowl or whatever) doesn't matter, nutritionally speaking.

Of course I can't imagine a ton of foods that would go well in paste form, but regardless, I wouldn't consider this a good enough example to earn the amusing "neolethal" badge.

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