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Solar Foods – Would you eat a burger made out of CO2 captured from the air?

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  1. spctrvl
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    Isn't that where all burgers ultimately come from? Jokes aside though, this is a super interesting technology, and I'd love to know more of the details to work out just what situations it could be...

    Isn't that where all burgers ultimately come from? Jokes aside though, this is a super interesting technology, and I'd love to know more of the details to work out just what situations it could be useful for. Can it scale down enough to provide reliable, low maintenance food for off grid homesteads, or long duration space missions? How much electricity per kcal does it actually use? Can it scale up enough to improve food security in developing countries suffering from climate change? Unfortunately, the company website doesn't have too much information on those things, but I suppose they are still early in development.

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  2. Douglas
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    Sure, I'd eat that. It sounds decent enough based on the article. Though I mean... outside of my dietary preferences, most sentences that start with "would you eat" are ultimately answered by me...

    Sure, I'd eat that. It sounds decent enough based on the article.

    Though I mean... outside of my dietary preferences, most sentences that start with "would you eat" are ultimately answered by me with a resounding "yes." I'll try anything once, variety is the spice of life and what-not.

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  3. patience_limited
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    I'm actually pretty excited about this - if the bioreactor is compact enough, it makes solar system colonization more feasible. There've been a number of science fiction authors who proposed CHON...

    I'm actually pretty excited about this - if the bioreactor is compact enough, it makes solar system colonization more feasible.

    There've been a number of science fiction authors who proposed CHON (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen) harvesting from asteroids as the raw material for human food in space, and this looks like a promising route. Since we're already in the age of synthetic coffee and adequate plant-based meat simulants, I don't see why we couldn't achieve a delicious and healthy synthetic diet that's more ethical and environmentally friendly.

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