Tag: Food Technology

Agriculture-Pollution
Food Technology

Agriculture Isn’t as Green as You Think

When it comes to what you eat, do you ever stop to think about how healthy your food is? Another factor of food to think about involves the health of the environment. Agriculture today isn’t where it needs to be. Here’s how farmers are taking the next step for better agriculture tomorrow.

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Who owns the future?
Meat the Future

Towards a Post-Animal Bioeconomy

In 1931, Wintston Churchill speculated on the future of laboratory-grown meat in his essay Fifty Years Hence. He wrote: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium”. Even before animal welfare conditions and environmental damage, Churchill foresaw the benefits of simple animal tissues over raising animals as a whole.

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meat-lovers-delight Atze Jan van der Goot Mega Steak
Meat the Future

Meat Lovers Megasteak Delight

Behold food technologist Prof. Atze Jan van der Goot and his 3x30x60 cm mega steak! The taste is a bit bland still but the texture resembles animal muscle tissue, which gives it a great ‘bite’. The mega steak was grown in a laboratory at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) with a process that, according to the researchers, resembles the baking of bread. And it is vegetarian too.

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Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport
Food Technology

Growing Potatoes at JFK Airport

The 5th largest airline in the United States, JetBlue, is growing potatoes at Terminal 5 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The urban organic garden was built from a large amount of stacked recycled milk crates and can produce approximately 1.000 pounds of potatoes per season, and about 2.000 herb plants. The signature potatoes are, indeed, blue.

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Food Technology

This Robot will Grow Food in Your Backyard

The FarmBot Genesis is a farming machine designed for at-home automated food production. The autonomous robot can be installed atop and around a small garden – in your backyard, on a rooftop, or inside a greenhouse. FarmBot performs nearly the entire gardening process prior to harvesting, including planting the seeds, watering each plant precisely and on a set schedule, monitoring conditions and removing weeds. You can pre-order your own FarmBot kit for $3,900.

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Food Technology

Edible Crops Grown in Martian Soil

Colonizing Mars has always been a human fantasy, and scientists now brought us a step closer to this dream. Since 2013, researchers at Wageningen University have been investigating the behavior of crops on Mars and Moon soil simulants. They demonstrated the growth and edibility of these crops, and several of them are also safe for human consumption.

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Fruit flavored candy
Food Technology

What Is Next Nature? #2

…Or is it candy-flavored fruit? The fruit we buy in the supermarket is not as natural as we may think. Centuries of selective breeding have made our fruit juicier, sweeter and bigger. For instance, the tree that produces the bananas we find in the supermarket cannot survive without the help of humans. Originally this fruit used to contain seeds, but our supermarket banana does not have any seeds. Don’t be fooled by artificial candy, our fruit is equally human made. It goes without saying, though, that this doesn’t mean that fruit is not healthy or that candies are!

Read the entire Next Nature is… series.

vondelpark bistro in vitro
Next Nature

Look for The Bistro In Vitro Ice Cream Cart

Yesterday the Bistro In Vitro Ice Cart took off for the Spring/Summer season in Vondelpark, Amsterdam. Bistro In Vitro is a fictitious restaurant with a menu of lab-grown dishes that may end up on your plate one day. We invite you to combine your favorite dishes to create your own personal menu and to reserve a virtual table. At the Bistro In Vitro’s mobile Ice Cream Cart we already give you the chance to taste one of the desserts on the menu.
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eating meat made us evolve as humans
Back to the Tribe

Meat-Eating Made Us Humans

Eating meat has made us who we are today: evolved, intelligent humans, able to use a verbal language. A new research suggests that not eating only fruits and vegetables but also food rich in animal proteins  allowed humans to evolve, transforming both the anatomical and the intellectual levels.

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