Tag: Food Technology

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.

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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new food film extend shelflife
Supermarket

A Film to Double the Shelf-Life of Food

Storing leftover food with plastic wrap is a fair way of keeping your food fresh for a longer time. However, this material is quite limited because what it does is just sealing everything off from oxygen. Researchers at the National University of Singapore have successfully developed a natural chitosan-based and  environmentally-friendly film with grapefruit seed extract able to improve food safety, conservation and quality.

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