When I first heard about this new printer created to actually 'print out' food from cartridges of powders, I was in absolute awe. But, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I mean, at the rate we're going as a human race, it would probably be more surprising if we didn't invent a new way of magically creating food.
I watched this video (see right) and all I found myself saying was, "This is the coolest thing ever!" But then, I got to thinking...
It's one thing if you're an Astronaut with no access to any food outside of what's been brought on your ship; for that reason, I can understand NASA's intention of funding this. But let's be honest,
It seems that as time goes by and generations flourish with knowledge, we're getting further away from what's natural. What we can do, is becoming more prevalent than what we should do. And while some of us who live in our own more 'naturally-influenced' worlds might not feel the shift, we are quickly becoming the minority!
These days, I see kids walking around with nothing but a pudding cup, juice box, granola bar and deli-meat laden sandwich in their bags...what happened to the REAL food? Unfortunately, the real food isn't tasty enough. And, in a child's mind, the real food isn't cool enough; who wants to be the kid with the grilled chicken and steamed veggies when your friends have fruit roll-ups and Lunchable Snack Packs?
So, what can we do about it? Well, truthfully, the only thing we can do is set the example - by eating as close to nature as possible - and arm our future generations with enough knowledge, in all areas, so that they can make informed decisions about nutrition. Then, all we can do is hope for the best!
My fingers are crossed that we can educate our youth enough so that when the time comes that this 3-D printer ends up for sale, they refuse to buy it. While it would be pretty awesome to watch, I can't imagine it would be all that great for our long-term health. Until then, NASA can enjoy and I will remain very very curious!
“The earth has music for those who listen.” - George Santayana
“I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic.” - George Carlin
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