The one thing that every human being on Earth has in common is our need for food, and lets all be honest here, our LOVE for that stuff! Since food is a substance that we all have to have just to continue living, just about any and all changes in the food industry will have a pretty big impact on our daily lives. Just think of how different our lives would be without our neighborhood MickeyD’s to turn to after a long day’s work. Now a look into the future, how will the food industry change in the future and how are these changes going to effect our lives?

In the Future, Your Food Will Come From A Printer

A 3-D printer program that prints the type of food you have chosen to eat using special “ink” cartridges that are filled with food ingredients. Scientists from all over the world have already begun working to produce a 3D food printer. Prototypes have been created, some with intent to be sold to the public and others that will not.

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In The Future, Your Food Will Come Packaged In Edible Plastic

WikiCell: An edible form of plastic packaging invented by a Harvard Professor. The WikiCell is two layers of protection around your food:

  1. A Soft Skin: Made of nutritive ion-like calcium, natural food particles, and natural molecules.
  2. A Protective Shell: Referred to as the “egg-carton packaging” and in some cases this outer shell can be completely edible, or you can peel it off and throw it away.

In The Future, Agriculture Will Be Up In The Clouds

Due to an increase in population, the world’s demand for food has risen. Verticle Farming: Scientist’s solution to “needing more farmland,” this consists of skyscraper farms built in cities will produce a lot of the world’s food supply in the near future as population continues to increase. This invention should allow for year-round farming because the conditions surrounding the crops will be completely controlled.

In The Future, Our Beverages will Be Made Of Your Own Urine

Scientists at NASA are working on making our urine a source of drinking water. NASA has spent a whopping $250,000,000 on research for urine filtration. So far, scientists have created a filtration method that combines urine, human sweat, and evaporated laundry water, tests have concluded that this combination is actually far cleaner than the tap water in the United States. Maybe the urine cocktail won’t be so bad after all… People have been practicing a “Urine Therapy,” a process that includes consuming your own urine to increase your health.

In The Future, Our Jelly Will Be Made Out Of Human DNA

Right now, jelly is made of collagen that is derived from the bones and skin of animals, like a pig or a cow, this is actually harmful to human’s immune system. In an attempt to make jelly a safer snack, scientists are currently researching making Gelatin out of Human DNA. Gelatin made of Human DNA has already been manufactured in the form of gel caps that medication is packaged in. Gelatin made in a lab with human DNA is said to be healthier for humans because it will produce a more “natural gelatin” that will not have harmful by-products included. Some of the changes that are floating around about the food industry are a little strange, but some of the changes actually make sense. Every change does have its pros, whether it be convenience, production increase, health benefits, or even to help save the environment; but, every change to the food industry also has its cons, for example, are scientists actually going to perfect the prototype and release it to the public? Will we be able to accept consuming our bodily fluids or food made of our DNA? Can scientists perfect the “skyscraper farms” and produce a year-round supply of crops for the people? We may as well give these changes a shot, whether we like it or not, scientists have already gotten the ball rolling on the research for these future changes to the production of our food and drink. On average, people tend to consume some pretty icky sounding junk when we’re eating some of our favorite foods. If we actually did some research and saw what we are really consuming, these ideas may not seem so far fetched.