Get Ready for Weird Food

beesAre you ready to start eating bugs?  Or or goldfish muscle dipped in fetal bovine serum?  Scientists point out that people 100 years ago probably would have barfed at the sight of a Twinkie and would have had trouble comprehending a Dorito.  So, looking ahead 100 years, they’re predicting that the food people typically consume will get weird in ways that are surprisingly predictable.

For example?  Consider insects in your diet.  You can already buy pasta and food bars made with cricket flour that adds extra protein, and roasted crickets are sold whole at the website http://www.bonanza.com.  Grasshoppers are equally nutritious, and mealworms and black soldier flies are, we are told, a great source of dietary fat.  There’s some debate about whether eating insects is more environmentally-conscious than eating chicken or beef, but reports suggest that the insects can survive on diets that you wouldn’t feed to your pig.

What about hamburger that is made in the laboratory?  Companies like Memphis Meat and Mosa Meat are patterning stem cells into animal tissue, which can be converted into synthetic meat that looks like ground beef.  The process uses 7-45% less energy than raising animals for slaughter, and produces 78-96% fewer greenhouse gas emissions—and, as you might guess, it involves 99% less land use than conventionally produced steak.  Along the same lines, NASA researchers created fish fillets by dipping goldfish muscle into fetal bovine serum, while New Wave Foods is looking for ways to create synthetic shrimp out of red algae.

Farmed fish are already part of our diet, and history suggests that it will totally take over the fish market.  Raising cattle takes up a lot of land, but raising cultivated fish as livestock takes place where people don’t live (in the ocean), and fish require only a fraction of the amount of feed that cattle do in order to produce the same amount of protein.  In case you think this is far-fetched, the former director of Aquaculture at WorldFish Corp. says that most aquatic food now comes from farming rather than fishing.  That shouldn’t be surprising, since virtually all the beef, pork and chicken we consume now comes from farmed animals, rather than hunted ones.

You already eat vegetables and other plant life.  Why not micro-algae as well?  The microscopic plants feed off carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and are rich in proteins, fats and carbohydrates—including a high concentration of omega 3 fatty acids.

Not ready for the brave new world of exotic (and disgusting) foods?  Don’t worry; over time, your kids or grandkids will eat these future delicacies with the same nonchalance that you now give to Doritos and Twinkies.

Source:

http://gizmodo.com/eight-futuristic-foods-youll-be-eating-in-30-years-1790570240

About Objectively Speaking

Tom Batterman, founder of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy and Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is in the business of representing the best financial interests of his clients. Having provided objective, fee-only financial management services for over two decades, he specializes in managing the investment and related financial affairs of individuals and mutual insurance companies who do not have the time, interest or expertise to manage such matters on their own. As an objective, unbiased professional who takes on a fiduciary responsibility to his clients, he guides clients to the financial decisions they would make themselves if they had years of training and experience and the time and expertise to fully research and understand all of their options. Founded in 2010 as an outgrowth of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy, Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is a financial management solution for individuals and mutual insurance companies who recognize they do not have the time, interest or expertise to properly attend to their financial matters on their own. While there are many financial “advisors”, most of them have investment products to sell and the “advice” they provide is geared toward getting their clients to engage in a purchase. As one of the rare subset of advisors known as “fiduciary advisors”, Financial Fiduciaries does not sell any investment product so its guidance is not compromised by conflicts of interest which plague ordinary advisors. Prior to his employment in the financial industry in financial advocacy and trust positions, he worked at a private law practice in the Wausau area in the areas of estate planning, tax, retirement planning, corporate organizations and real estate. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the UW-Madison Law School and has during his career held Series 7, 24 and 65 securities licenses. A longtime resident of the Wausau, Wisconsin Area, Tom is active in the community. He enjoys golf, curling, skiing, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
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