Starvation? Pshhh. There’s an App for That

21 May

by Rabb!t / Earth First! Newswire

enjoy-your-mealGood news! Anjan Contractor, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC), has a plan to save humanity from overpopulation and unsustainable agriculture.

Besides such humanitarian efforts as “address[ing] the major challenges that need to be overcome to send humans to Mars by 2030,” SMRC is developing technologies to end world hunger and sustain a healthy estimated peak population of 12 billion people, which, Contractor predicts, we’ll reach at the end of the century.

As reported by Christopher Mims at, Contractor just received a $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype universal food synthesizer. Similar to the 3D printing technology that allows us to torrent guns (currently available on The Pirate Bay), these 3D printers will make complete meals out of nutrient rich powders and oils.

But it’s not just the mouth-watering prospect of synthesized powder-based delicacies that drives Contractor’s work. No, these 3D printers are going to save the humans from our bad habits, making the unsustainable meat industry obsolete by powdering insects and algae for our protein, and creating meals with specific nutritional profiles (powdered insects and algae) for each family member.

More importantly, Contractor is tackling overpopulation. Mims reports that Contractor “sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store.” Thankfully, Contractor also sees a future global society where all the starving people will have printed themselves out 3D kitchens.

For more on the audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food, check out Christopher Mims’ article

4 Responses to “Starvation? Pshhh. There’s an App for That”

  1. Earth First! Journal Sonoran Office May 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    While there won’t be enough food to reach the homes of 12 Billion in any sort of traditional sense, Contractor has figured out a way to get a fucking printer (of far more sophistication than the Journal office’s HP ink jet for sure) into everyone’s home? Sometimes you just have to love the techno-kool-aid drinkers for their role in imagining a really stupid world.

    • L3ft 3y3 May 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm #


    • Evil technologist May 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      I appreciate I’m not exactly going to be popular here, but I do want to point out the printer he’s been using ( the reprap ) isn’t really any more sophisticated than an inkjet. It’s just got a few more motors on it.

      Please commence flaming 🙂

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