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David Berry and the start-up Essentient are proposing a food revolution. During his presentation at Google’s Solve for X conference he talks about the 2 purposes of food: nutrients and enjoyment. Our daily meals provide the fundamental nutrients we need to live: proteins, fats, sugars, vitamins and minerals, and these meals provide pleasure: it is intrinsic to our social fabric and our enjoyment rituals. But why not “change the utility of food”?
The enabling science claims to be “the world’s first truly molecular understanding of nutrition” in combination with “cutting edge protein science”. Their resultant “nutricultures” are single cell photosynthetic organisms produced independently of arable land and fresh water, thus solving two of the greatest problems for the world’s growing population–all at less than a tenth of the minimum cost of food production today. Though fascinating and even staggering in concept, the available information is also vague and mysterious. The most telling question Berry asks in his presentation is “What do we want out of nutrition and what do we want out of food?”blog comments powered by Disqus