For those of us who eat to live, rather than those who live to eat, the food nutrient all in one packet, Soylent, has arrived. This is real, as the company is already seeing $10,000 in orders per day.
When today’s average person has been bombarded with so many sound bites about what is wrong with every food on the shelf already you-name-it, this choice could look rather appealing, eh?
Soylent-like products are nothing new. Herbalife, a blender food diet product, has been around for a long time. There are also nutrient packets of a few different varieties and sources being used to combat starvation in vulnerable nations, today.
And, this is one of the reasons that I don’t expect growing global populations to starve – when people discuss unendingly how are we going to feed the world in 2050 – because of the resiliency afforded by our human diets.
Nutrient Mixes + Blenders and Food Printers = Humans that are Fed.
Now, scream altogether… 1… 2… 3… NOOOOooooooo!!!
To learn more about Soylent, I recommend this Business Insider article.
Note that this was provided by Britain’s Soil Association.
I found the infographic below over at Yes magazine. Most people are aware that the E.U.’s food regulations are much more conservative than ours here in the U.S. It is fairly amazing to note the differences between these two leaders of the developed world.
Much of this infographic is about meat.
Everyone has their own favorite subject off this list, but one concern is that the U.S. is upping its use of Atrazine to combat superweeds, whereas it is banned altogether in European countries.
• According to USDA data, 383.2 pounds of vegetables per person were available for Americans to eat in 2011, down from a peak of 424.7 pounds per person in 1996.
• The decline was largest for potatoes (34.5 pounds) due to decreased production, followed by carrots (7 pounds), head lettuce (6.1 pounds), and tomatoes (4.2 pounds).
• Despite declines in potato and tomato consumption, these two vegetables still dominate U.S. vegetable consumption.
• In 2011, 86.3 pounds per person of tomatoes and 83 pounds of potatoes (not including dehydrated and chips) were available for Americans to eat. French fries and pizza from fast-food restaurants and grocery stores contribute to the high consumption of these two vegetables.
• The third highest vegetable, sweet corn, came in at 24.1 pounds per person in 2011.
• Americans ate an average of 47.8 pounds of fresh fruit per person in 2011, up from 37.2 pounds in 1970.
• While bananas and apples still top the list of most popular fresh fruits, the amount of bananas consumed grew between 1970 and 2011, and consumption of fresh apples declined.
• Watermelons and grapes moved up in the rankings, strawberries replaced grapefruit, and per-person consumption of fresh oranges fell.