Fancy a test tube chicken breast? 3D printed cheese? These are just a few of the advancements in food technology that are making waves.
There's the weird, whacky, and downright bizarre. These 5 new advances in technology will make you question how you source your food.
1. 3D Printing
Think printing is solely reserved for your office supplies? Think again. Studies across the globe are promising to revolutionise the way we eat within 10 to 20 years. Simply choose a recipe from an online database, insert a cartridge with ingredients, and then just sit back and relax until dinner is served.
Scientists are also going that little bit further to customise food choices, such as the creation of new pasta shapes, healthier and safer meat options, as well as creating 'smoothfood' for the elderly.
3D cheese plane, anyone?
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2. Stem Cell Burgers
Scientists in the Netherlands have been working on a beef burger patty, made from the stem cells of cows. The cells are grown to make muscle fibre and then formed into a doughnut-like shape.
The problem they now face is making it appealing to buyers, but that's not the only catch. It also will set you back $400,000!
3. Test Tube Chicken Breast
Yes, 'chicken' can be grown in the lab. This food source, fit for vegetarians, not only aims to minimise effects on the human body, but also works in sync with the environment, reducing energy costs and water consumption.
4. High Pressure Processing
Lost by the title? This basically refers to increasing the shelf-life of food. Scientists work towards retaining optimum levels of freshness, nutrients and flavour within foods.
While 300 are already used commercially, scientists are hoping to make this readily accessible to the wider public.
5. Eliminating Food Contamination Recalls
Food poisoning is one of the worst things you could experience, so what could be better than actively preventing this from happening? Scientists work at cataloguing the active genes right from the manufacturing of food, all the way through to the distribution.
What do you think of these weird and whacky food trends? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
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