So far, only a 5-ounce patty of beef has been grown in a lab, for more than what you'll pay over a lifetime of burgers. But scientists are working on it. Credit: Getty Images
The future is not quite here yet, so enjoy your steak dinner while you still can. Because in the future, it'll either be faux meat grown in a lab, printed on a machine or distilled down to its nutritious parts and eaten in liquid/capsule form. Not living in the time of the Jetsons has its perks.
1. Nestle nutrient machine
The Nestle Institute of Health Sciences is working to identify people’s specific micronutrient needs. This research will help provide the scientific basis for more targeted nutrition.
It's not people … but it's not food, either. Credit: Soylent
Soylent is a food product (not a supplement, per the FDA) designed to be a staple meal for adults. It should come as no surprise that it was designed by a 25-year-old Silicon Valley engineer, Rob Rhinehart. Each serving provides necessary nutrition with minimum effort. It requires no heating or other cooking and has an extended shelf life.
3. Cultured meat
Cultured meat, produced in an animal-cell cultivation process, is a technically feasible alternative. Theoretically speaking, it has the potential to greatly improve the global food crisis as it requires only a small fraction of the land.
4. Foodini (3-D food printer)
The Foodini has a touchscreen interface through which the user chooses the recipe to print. The machine will then instruct the user what food to load into each capsule, and then printing can begin.
The Foodini will retail for about $1,300. Credit: Natural Machines