- Food and Cooking
Printing Food on Foodjet Printers !
For once, or maybe twice .....
......I am truly happy that I won't be around to see this ugly day. Can't help thinking of the movie 'Soilent Green.' At the time I saw it I laughed and told myself that it could never happen. But know I say, "it's on the way." We certainly have enough people, or rather livestock!
of buying our wonderful, wholesome, nutritious manufactured food at the neighborhood grocery store, you could now just stay at home and print your meal in your own kitchen.This healthful
technology is titled "food fabrication," allowing us to fabricate our food-stuff in your own kitchen the same way an inkjet
printer prints on a piece of paper for us.
Several of these devices already exist, mind you. The most notable
example is from Cornell University's Computational Synthesis Lab (CCSL) where a Dr Jeffrey Ian Lipton created a device that
would one day, he hopes, be an integral part of every modern kitchen. Instead
of having to run to the store you would simply download the 3D blueprint, then print it on a tray and then just bake them in your
oven or microwave.
Sorry, but you still need to load up your printer syringes with the ingredients to be used. The food fab machine merely "prints out" those ingredients in the right proportions, shapes and layers. It does not cook your food, chop your vegetables or otherwise turn your raw ingredients into cuisine. It could create a super "raw lasagna" if you load up your syringes with sufficiently thickened ingredients like tomato paste or spinach paste. "Do I pick-up these syringes at Staples, Wal-Mart, or Office Depot ?
Does this technology seem to threaten and dehumanize our food? You bet your Dell PC! The greatest and most wonderful thing about home food preparation is that every batch is unique and artistic. With this food fab printer the art of food creation will be lost. And after just one generation people will forget how to create their foods like Grandma used to.
And something else to wet your whistle; the food ingredient "pastes" will have to be sold in bulk much the same way that you currently buy ink jet printer ink. In order to adhere to "food safety" rules, these ingredients will all have to be pasteurized, fumigated, irradiated or otherwise killed, meaning they will all be processed junk food pastes rather than anything containing real living food our bodies were meant to survive on.
All this sure as hell makes my mouth water, I'm a gonna download some lunch !