Breaking the silence, vegetables in a Japanese supermarket start to talk to the customers. Founded and developed by Uda Lab and Hakuhodo I-Studio’s HACKist Creative Lab, this unique in-store promotion prototype, Talkable Vegetables, was tested starting this summer in Hug Mart in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
The acronym that keeps Europe awake at night is TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), a trade and investment deal that the EU is negotiating with the US. From Rome to Brussels consumer groups rise up against it. The reason? This deal could get never-seen-before genetically modified organisms on the supermarket shelves.
Although the trade and the human consumption of GMO animal products are outright banned, there are some bugs in the system, such as the recent “jellyfish-lamb” case. France went into a panic because a lamb that was the offspring of a sheep modified to express a green fluorescent protein made it to market. All over the world biologists are experimenting with animal genomes and the risk of bumping into a “bodybuilder pig” exists. To what extent is there the possibility of having genetically modified animals on our plates? Here an estimate by Wired.
After looking for ways to grow vegetables in orbit, Nasa funded a program to turn astronauts’ poop into food. According to the US space agency, the project could have big impacts for space exploration by “providing the means to produce food on site at distant destinations using synthetic, biology-based approaches”.
An algae with bacon flavor, high nutritional value and rich in protein? Sounds like a speculative dish from the Bistro In Vitro, but it’s already existing: it’s dulse. Scientists at Oregon State University have been working to engineer and harvest a unique variety of dulse that, when fried, tastes just like the fatty, tasty pork belly but with greater health benefits.
This dish, a stew made with thirteen different sorts of meat, is heaven for carnivores. It is made in the Bistro In Vitro home incubator, an appliance with a set of pre-programmed types of meat types, flavours and textures. For our adventurous chefs, the incubator is the ideal access to a culinary Walhalla in which the boundaries between meats are erased, with this dish as its crowning achievement.
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No, this isn’t another lab meat vision from the Bistro In Vitro restaurant. While today’s meat production will be hard to maintain as the world population increases, there are other ways to get our protein fix.
The Kitchen Insect Farm created by Katarina Unger enables you to grow your own protein source at home. The table-top device provides an environment for Black Soldier Fly eggs to grow into larvae that feed on bio-waste.
It takes the device 432 hours to turn one gram of Black Soldier Fly eggs into 2.4 kilogram of larvae protein. Once matured the larvae self-harvest and fall clean and ready to eat into the harvest bucket of the device. A few of the harvested larvae are selected to be dropped back into the top of the machine and start the cycle again.
We especially appreciate the clean medical look of the device, that subtly counterbalances the stereotypical associations people have with consuming insects.
Bioprinting is already used in experimental medical applications, but it could probably also be employed in the meat-industry. Cultivator, by German Interaction Design students Sarah Mautsch and Aaron Abentheuer, is a speculative design project on how this technology could find its way into the kitchen of the future.