By Rachel Cernansky, Planet Green
The chefs on Future Food are changing our relationship with food, but they’re not the only ones working on crazy inventions in food technology. Here’s a look at a few other ideas that are already becoming a reality.
3D food printer. A bit more of an unexpected way to deliver food, and a little mind-numbing, is “The Cornucopia,” a machine developed by a team at MIT that literally prints food. The printer contains canisters with foods and flavors–think ink cartridges with edible ingredients–and uses a rapid heating and cooling chamber to create a unique combination of flavors and textures.
Space plants. You’ve probably heard of hydroponics–and more recently aquaponics–but aeroponics takes efficiency in food-growing to a whole new level by growing plants suspended in mid-air using only water and a nutrient-laden mist. Although it is less forgiving than hydroponics, since plants grown using aeroponics need a precise nutrient-water balance, it is far more efficient: the method uses up to 90 percent less water, 60 percent less fertilizer, and 100 percent less pesticides than conventional cultivation, and allows plants to capture carbon dioxide and oxygen more effectively.
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