The world hunger is often an overlooked subject. One of those which concern and affect our society in a wide range of subfactors that cover from obvious points as health, to complex items as politics and economics. Although huge efforts have come from experts of those diverse fields connected around the matter, there’s not too much to remark or highlight as viable solution until now.
According to the UN, there’s roughly 800 million people in Earth that do not have access to the necessary nourishment for leading a healthy and active life. Besides that, for no one’s a secret the increasing impact of global warming over worldwide crops, which will precisely not help to enhance the way humanity feeds.
Who’d say there’s so much to discuss when speaking about world hunger? Actually, I wonder if we’re giving the relevance it deserves. Nevertheless, there’s no doubt this finnish idea of futuristic food must have come to shake things up.
No more world hunger: the menu of 2030
Everything we know evolves, even the food. So a group of researchers in Finland, from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, have teamed up to give life the idea of taking renewable energy into the next level: our meals.
Food From Electricity, as the proposal was baptized, is between the most powerful scientific and technological project related to food massive production in an environmentally-friendly way I’ve heard about, and it goes as easy as this next process map:
Among the findings, the food produced contains more than 50% protein and 25% carbohydrates (the rest are fats and nucleic acids), which is a nutrition profile that matches really well with regular staple foods. Thereby, the food of the future? We put some carbon dioxide; we apply high voltage; add salt and pepper or sugar to taste, and… Ready to take away! A meal rich in proteins.
The pros and
cons challenges of futuristic, electric food
Of course, although a very promising tech advance, there are still some barriers to break down. For example, currently a bioreactor the size of a coffee cup takes around two weeks to produce one gram of the protein, which means optimizing is a priority. However, the obstacles looks very small when counting the pros.
Portable cooking, to infinity and beyond
The machine works independently of environmental factors, meaning that it could feed people consistently, no matter the conditions for agriculture such as the right temperature, humidity or a certain soil type.
Yes, it also means it won’t only give an end to the world hunger but the food needs of astronauts in space — And then, no doubt we’ll be able to enjoy our yearned french fries in the comfort of Mars, ha!
10 times more efficient than photosynthesis of plants
The process is really efficient. By comparison, it takes four times more energy to feed a chicken than the value of the protein carried in its flesh. As for the energy required by plants to make photosynthesis, it’s ten times more competent.
Combat the effects of global warming
Did you know that nowadays the meat industry accounts for between 14 and 18 percent of global emissions of greenhouse gases? By reducing the demand for food for livestock and the crops needed to feed them, we would decrease global carbon emissions, among other effects, something crucial to combat global warming.
Get ready to taste electricity and renewable energy
Finally, so many opened questions to our imagination: how will the food taste? Will it have some sort of impact in our organisms or can anyone be allergic? Will it be served as a main plate or just as an ingredient? Experts calculate that perhaps in ten years the commercial capacity will be reached, as far as the necessary legislation and development of the technology, just prepare your exquisite palates and get ready to judge.