Tag: Food Technology

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Food Technology

Soil-Free Farming in the Desert

Throughout the lands of the Persian Gulf, desertification is a fact of life. As a result, the countries of this region import 90 percent of their food supply. A new technology developed by visionary researchers at the Waseda University, in Japan, might have found the solution to this problem. A special absorbent film that require no soil may be able to grow plants more efficiently than soil farming.

The research team, lead by Professor Yuichi Mori, has developed a hydrogel film that can hold 1,000 times of its weight in water. The scientists are already testing these films in 180 film farms.

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Food Technology

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm

Humans have mastered agriculture for the last 10.000 years, during which different climates, cultures, and technologies have driven and defined farming development. Nevertheless, a summer storm, voracious pests or a bad drought can still ruin the harvest and destroy months of hard work. But not anymore, according to Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, who transfered intensive agriculture under the roof.

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Food Technology

Virtual Reality Dining Experience

Ever wished to eat anything you want without worrying about calories or allergies? It could be possible thanks to augmented reality experiments.

Created by designer Jinsoo An, Project Nourished is a gastronomic virtual reality experience that uses Oculus Rift headsets, cutlery with sensors, low-calorie foods and aromatic diffusers to mimic the taste of the real, and much more caloric, thing.

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Meat the Future

The Carnery – A Cultured Future with In Vitro Meat

Imagine London 2025. The first in vitro carnery ‘Counter Culture’ opens its doors. The restored 1970s-era English brewpub boasts an expansive bar of reclaimed mahogany and booths upholstered with magnificent in vitro leather. Steaks are grown to precision inside giant steel vats, decorated (functionally) with illuminated green algae tanks. A disorienting mingling of global spices flavor varieties of exotic and heritage meats like boar and Berkshire, all of which are cultured on site. The large charcuterie board, consisting of mushroom-media duck foie gras, coriander mortadella and crispy lobes of sweetbread pairs perfectly with a shortlist of probiotic cocktails (try the rum and kombucha).

In vitro meat has the capacity to transform meat production as we know it, not only offering new and diverse types of product but also introducing an entirely new way of thinking about and interacting with food. One day, growing meat may seem as natural as making cheese or beer.

By ISHA DATAR and ROBERT BOLTON – From The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

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Meat the Future

In Vitro Meat: Animal Liberation?

Perhaps the most uplifting promise of in vitro meat is that it will be good for animals. Animal cells are needed to make it, but only in small amounts, and if algae can be used to feed these cells, no animals need to suffer for this meat. In 2008, the animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) offered one million dollars to whoever could develop marketable in vitro chicken by 2012 (1).As that deadline proved to be too tight, PETA used the money to subsidize in vitro meat research. Many other people, too, welcome in vitro meat primarily because of what it may mean for animals. Even though they often find the idea strange and perhaps even a bit uncanny, the promise for animals is widely felt as a source of hope.

By COR VAN DER WEELE and CLEMENS DRIESSEN – From The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

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Food To Eat With Your Eyes

Anything can be made” claims one of the many producer of plastic food.
In Japan, fake food industry represents a century of old crafting tradition and a multi billion business.

Restaurants proudly show inviting vitrines of hyper-realistic replicas of food and drinks. Why? Japanese like to “eat with their eyes”. But what is really entertaining about it lies behind the scene, where extremely fascinating production techniques have been developed over time to create the most amazing results.

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Meat the Future

Growing the Future of Meat

Biology grows. In petri dishes or bodies, cells grow and multiply, self-regulating and self-repairing. By taking advantage of the power of biological growth, a single stem cell can theoretically be nurtured to grow indefinitely. Outside of the limits imposed by the edges of an animal’s body, the cells can reproduce and multiply until they exhaust the nutrients and space provided, filling petri dishes and vats to grow the future of meat.

By CHRISTINA AGAPAKIS – From The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

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Food Technology

Veggie Burger That Bleeds Like Real Meat

Professor Mark Post has a competitor in the search for a change in the way we produce and eat meat. Stanford biochemist Patrick Brown has come up with an innovative alternative to make environmentally friendly beef burgers.
He developed the burger pictured above out of nothing but plant ingredients: a meatless burger, that looks and tastes like meat. The secret ingredient? A chemical compound called heme.

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Food Technology

Nano Product: Bake ‘n Spray

In the instant era, who wants to spend precious time waiting for the oven to preheat and roast the meal? If you’re permanently short of time and often too busy to cook, or if you’re still honing your chef skills, Bake ‘n Spray is the product for you! Thanks to an  exothermic reaction and nanoparticles, Bake ‘n Spray instantly bakes your food, without requiring the oven; you can also use it in combination with microwaves to make sure the inside is cooked to perfection.
Baking has never been so easy: cakes, lasagnas, turkeys…just spray and eat!

From the NANO Supermarket new collection.
Designers: Karin Donkers, Daphne v/d Hurk, Mart Pluijmaekers, Wouter Veldhuis
Package Design: Robin Bergman

www.nanosupermarket.org

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