UNWRITER Ron Berry

February 20, 2012

Chocolate Shake Please


Add plastic made from plants (technology exists), to test-tube hamburger (and other meats, coming this fall), to the Replicator (already exists) and you get Star Trek. It sounds far-fetched, but it is now possible. We already have many artificial flavors, made from natural and laboratory artificial ingredients. One can also find many artificial colors. So, how would it work?

On board a space station there would be a greenhouse for growing plants that would provide the oxygen for the station. Some of those ‘greens’ would also be the various vegetables. Instead of a lot of scraps, there would need to be a way to recycle. What better way than to feed these scraps of grasses and vegetables to a replicator?

A computer program would decide the combination and all it would take then is a vocal recognition program would be used for input. Make your selection and sit and enjoy a totally vegetarian meal that tastes like steak and potatoes. Star Trek is here!

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3 Comments »

  1. I’ll take a piece of Tuxedo truffle cake with raspberry sauce please! Make it a double since it is just vegetable calories!!

    Comment by Teri B Clark — February 20, 2012 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  2. Reading about the pink slime McDonald’s discontinued using last August has not helped the fast food industry in my eyes. I find myself cooking more at home…and I cook from scratch. I don’t use prepackaged foods that have who knows what in them to preserve their shelf life. Those preservatives may be great for shelf life, but they are NOT good for human digestive systems.

    Good one, Ron. Good job! We need to be thinking more instead of just being force-fed…and I mean that in a very political way.

    Cathy

    Comment by Cathy — February 20, 2012 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

  3. It is now since they allow wood fiber to be added as a filler without listing it on the ingredients label.
    chocolate shakes ain’t what they used to be.

    Comment by Jay Hudson — February 20, 2012 @ 4:07 pm | Reply


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