When Its Here Are Futuristic Foods Important?
Strangely enough, the futuristic foods we’ll soon be biting into won’t always resemble past ones. That new food might be crunchy. In fact, it could come from a sea, a lab, a GMO, or even a printer. That’s right. The future is nigh. Before you have to take a bite out of something new, perhaps you should first digest some of what is to come. For a little taste continue reading and don’t forget to download Kitchology’s Eat.Better app for all your dietary needs.
The Stuff that Crawls and Flies
Just to clarify, when I said crunch I was referring to bugs and insects. You might recall that we’ve discussed the benefits before. Crickets, flies, grasshoppers, and mealworms contain high levels of protein that makes them ideal animal feed. Farmers have already taken to using insect based meal over the fish kind since fishing became a whole different animal. Not all insects pack the same amount of nutrition though. This stinging discovery has led to a debate of meat vs insects with regard to livestock feed. Fortunately, black soldier fly larvae were not shooed off the list of acceptable alternatives.
The Stuff that Lives in the Sea
Where do fish live? Maybe you’ve noticed not that many live under the sea these days. As over fishing remains an issue, fish farms have actually become the larger contributor towards human consumption of fishy flesh. The amount of protein provided by fish relative to the amount of space they take up compared to livestock is comparable. Therefore, it’s almost a no brainer. Save the fish population, save the world!
The Stuff that Grows on the Sea
A variety of futuristic foods are going to be algae based. Soylent (not to be confused with the cannibalistic foodstuff from the film) has released some products that contain algae. Due to a setback, the company discontinued ones that were flour based to make way for oil based ones. Algae contains omega 3 fatty acids, proteins and other heart healthy nutrients, so the benefits are there. Companies still have time to experiment with the ingredient.
The Stuff Grown in a Lab
Would you eat meat from a petri dish? If it tastes good and doesn’t kill you, take a bite. Memphis Meats has been using animal tissue to synthesize meat. Believe it or not, it’s not half bad. According to the company the flavor profile is still improving. Seeing as it’s one of those futuristic foods, they still have some time to perfect the formula. Mass production is only a decade or two away according to reports.
The Stuff Modified in a Lab
GMO’s are genetically modified organisms. Yeah, this one is kind of self explanatory. CRISPR technology is making non bruising potatoes, non browning apples, and virus resistant pigs a reality. Luckily, studies have shown they are safe to consume. That’s a good thing considering how prevalent they are becoming. Moving on.
The Stuff Printed in a Lab
Here’s an amazing idea…futuristic foods will take cool shapes and colors. To eat them all you will have to do is print them. Easy to swallow nutrient packed 3D meals have a role in society, especially for the young and elderly. In fact, even NASA has begun researching the benefits of this phenomenon. Astronauts get to print their own food in space. Pretty cool, right?
Basically, the ‘something else’ category includes faux meat products and things of that nature. I’m referring to foods like New Wave Foods’ algae based shrimp, Beyond Meat’s pea protein based meats, and Impossible Foods’ plant burger. Alternative protein sources is a rapidly growing market with some serious potential. Just ask Bill Gates. Plant based foods are out there and making a difference.
There you have it…the future promises lots of bite worthy opportunities. Those bites might be crunchy, relate to water, or concocted by science. They also could be modified or designed. As you can see, what you bite into is changing. What do you think our children’s children will bite? What #futuristicfoods excite you the most? Share your biting thoughts @Kitchology or @Kitchenchick123.
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