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What If You Didn’t Have to Eat Food Anymore?

Take a look at this video on soylent, the supposed meal of the future. (And no, it's not made of people!)

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May 9, 2014 - 11:00 am

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Can it compete with a field-proven, famine-relief product that has already been delivered to millions of actual starving children, saving their lives?
http://plumpynut.co.uk/
This has long been a critical issue in food emergencies - providing safe, easy to transport and store, high-quality/calorie nutritious pastes that little kids find tasty and physically easy to eat. The inventor has given away the recipe for free so anyone can make it anywhere. What a true humanitarian! Nutella, which knows a thing or two about yummy spreads, annually now provides literally tons of it to Africa.


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This might be ideal as emergency food for disaster relief or as a temporary diet, but like a lot of technological solutionism - it misses the social aspect. Food, its preparation and enjoyment, is sometimes as much social as physical.
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Ars Technica (and other tech sites) have reviewed Soylent during its development. Most of the concern is whether or not you can actually live long-term on Soylent (or similar products). I'm not sure about long-term, but as a quick "I don't feel like cooking" meal sub, it looks interesting. Which is why I ordered a week's supply and should be getting it later this month.
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Howdy Harald
We can maintain patients on "total parenteral nutrition", a complete program that skips the digestive system, indefinitely. We have long had tube-feeding products that can sustain people for years. I'm sure you could live on something like Soylent as a sole nutrition source indefinitely.
But I doubt you'd like it. Like syberpunk says, food is a pleasure element and a social element as well as a physiological need.
The joke says that a dog has four legs to remind him of what he needs: food, sex, belly rubs, food.
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I've thought for a long time the idea of "food pills" was invented by a middle-aged bachelor looking in the refrigerator.
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