You've heard of 3D printing, right? Well, NASA just gave Anjan Contractor a $125,000 grant to work on his 3D food printer.
Yep. A food printer.
From the Mashable post:
But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundaneand ultimately more importantuse for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earths 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store.
Contractors vision would mean the end of food waste, because the powder his system will use is shelf-stable for up to 30 years, so that each cartridge, whether it contains sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein or some other basic building block, would be fully exhausted before being returned to the store.
Could this be part of the solution to global hunger?
I think, and many economists think, that current food systems cant supply 12 billion people sufficiently, says Contractor. So we eventually have to change our perception of what we see as food.
Watch this video, and tell us your reactions in the comments below. Would you give it a try?