Tag: Food

Customized 3D Printed Food Only A Decade Or Two Away, Experts Claim

Experts Predict 3D Printed Customised Food Items To Rule The Industry In Next 20 Years – 3ders


The use of 3D printers has the potential to revolutionize the way food is manufactured within the next 10 to 20 years, experts from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) are claiming.

According to a July 12th symposium at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Chicago, advances in 3D printed technology will radically change the way food is produced, impacting everything from how military personnel get food on the battlefield to how long it takes to get a meal from the computer to your table.

“The price of 3D printers has been steadily declining, from more than USD 500,000 in the 1980s to less than USD 1,000 today for a personal-sized device, making them increasingly available to consumers and manufacturers,” researchers said.

“No matter what field you are in, this technology will worm its way in,” said Hod Lipson, a professor of engineering at Columbia University and co-author of the book Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing.

“The technology is getting faster, cheaper and better by the minute. Food printing could be the killer app for 3D printing,” said Lipson.

For example, Lipson said, users could choose from a large online database of recipes, put a cartridge with the ingredients into their 3D printer at home, and it would create the dish just for that person.

The user could customise it to include extra nutrients or replace one ingredient with another.

Anshul Dubey, research and development senior manager at PepsiCo, said 3D printing already is having an impact within the company, even though it is not yet being used to make food.

For example, consumer focus groups were shown 3D-printed plastic prototypes of different shaped and colored potato chips. He said using a prototype such as that, instead of just a picture, elicits a more accurate response from the focus group participants.

The US military is just beginning to research similar uses for 3D food printing, but it would be used on the battlefield instead of in the kitchen, said Mary Scerra, food technologist at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Centre (NSRDEC) in Massachusetts.

She said that by 2025 or 2030, the military envisions using 3D printing to customise meals for soldiers that taste good, are nutrient-dense, and could be tailored to a soldier’s particular needs.

“Imagine warfighters in remote areas – one has muscle fatigue, one has been awake for a long period without rest, one lacks calories, one needs electrolytes, and one just wants a pizza,” Scerra said.

“Wouldn’t it be interesting if they could just print and eat?” Scerra said.

She noted that there are still several hurdles to overcome, such as the cost of bringing the technology to remote areas, the logistics of making it work in those locations and, perhaps most importantly, making sure the food tastes good.



Seattle Moonbat Swears Off Food In Attempt To “Save The Earth”

Local Woman Swears Off Food, Hasn’t Eaten In Five Weeks – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

There are a few things that we all know and accept about human beings, and one of them is that we all need food and water to survive.

But one local nutbag moron woman wants to challenge that fundamental concept of life.


Her name is Naveena Shine, and some of her ideas can best be described as being “out there.” The 65-year-old England native who now lives in the Seattle area is aiming big with her goals.

“This will literally save the Earth,” she said of her most recent experiment.

Shine claims she doesn’t need food to survive, and she’s out to prove it to the world.

“Well, the intention of what I’m doing is I want to provide evidence that it is possible, should it be possible, that human beings can live and thrive and do really well without having to eat solid food,” she said.

To prove her point, she quit eating. She’s now living on water and tea with a dab of milk. She claims she hasn’t had a thing to eat since May 3.

Because she knew people would doubt her claims, Shine set up cameras in every corner of her home that record 24 hours a day. When she goes outside, she takes a mobile camera.

It’s all so she can prove to the world that humans don’t need food.

“There’s got to be a point that’s a shift-over point, you either go into starvation and death or you go into finding the place within and without that creates living on light,” Shine said.

She often talks about light – both the kind that comes from the sun and the inner power source she can’t fully define.

She said she sometimes has sudden drops in blood pressure where she gets dizzy and needs to sit down.

Dr. Rich Lindquist from Swedish Hospital doesn’t doubt that Shine can survive for a while on tea and water – maybe as long as three months – but he said it’s a bad idea.

“People can live for extended periods of time, but people need food in order to live,” he said.

Lindquist said the body will cannibalize itself for a while by burning up stored fat and muscle, but that can’t go on forever.

“Long term, over time, if you don’t eat, you die,” he said.

Shine said she originally hoped people would be fascinated by her experiment and sponsor her efforts, but that hasn’t happened.

She insists she’ll stop if she feels like she’s in any danger. She said she’s lost some weight since starting the experiment, but she isn’t gaunt. She also said she’s not hungry.

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Mississippi passes Anti-Bloomberg bill

I usually say that we have enough laws on the books, but, laws like this? Rock on!

Down South, lawmakers in Mississippi have passed a bipartisan so-called “anti-Bloomberg bill.”

The legislation — currently awaiting a signature from Republican Gov. Phil Bryant — prohibits counties, cities, and towns from mandating that nutrition information be posted, restricting the size of food portions, or preventing “consumer incentive items” (like Happy Meal toy, club memberships, products associated with the purchase of food) at restaurants, food establishments, and vending machines.


Speaking of food I should not eat………..

I do not do many movie, or food reviews here. Although that would be a great job to get paid for, but after a visit to the doctor for  a check up Thursday, I passed a new restaurant, well new to the Dallas area anyway, Five Guys Burgers and Fries. I had heard about Five Guys, heard the burgers were good,, and the fries awesome. So, after getting a good result from my check up, I figured what the heck.

I went in ordered my burger, all topping are free, so you just tell them what you want. I went for the cheeseburger, mayo mustard, pickles, a burger without pickles is unthinkable, tomatoes, and lettuce, and a large order of fries. It took a few minutes to cook the burgers, and I watched their kitchen crew cooking and assembling burgers, cooking fries, etc. They had it down to a science, it is fun to watch people who know what they are doing. Then, my order in hand, in a brown paper sack with authentic grease stains in hand, I went out to the truck, turned on Rush Limbaugh, and dug in.


First off the fries are rockin! Seasoned well, thick cut, and super hot. One thing though, unless you are feeding a small village, a large fry is a meal itself, even the smaller order is huge I am told. Then, I unwrapped the burger, the cheese was melted, sticking to the foil wrapper. My first bite, was good, you can tell they use real ground beef, not frozen, it tasted like hamburgers used to. Like I said, it was good, but, as I continued eating, I found myself falling in love with this burger! In fact it is likely the best burger I have had in years, maybe ever. So, if you like burgers, find a Five Guys and go munch!


Could anyone ever win the Marxist Moron, Daley Douchebag AND Nanny Statist of the Day Awards?

Well, Michael Bloomberg could, and just has. Victory Girls provide the story

You’d think under a crisis like Hurricane Sandy, Bloomberg could let up on the food nanny stuff. But oh no. As victims of Sandy starve, Bloomberg is banning food donations from all government-run homeless shelters. Why? Because they can’t verify the salt and fat contents.

Yes, really.

So you see, you might be starving to death. But under Bloomy, at least you won’t get fat! That’s something to be thankful for. Right?

In one of NYC’s darkest hours, with resources stretched thin in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is showing his priorities with a ban on food donations to homeless shelters. No, not because of food contamination, but because the city can’t properly assess salt, fat and fiber in donated food and thereby ensure starving people are getting the optimal levels of nutrition. Can’t have dumpy-looking homeless people on the streets! We knew Bloomberg was a health nut, but maybe he’s just anti-food? Maybe put this one to a vote — it’s hard to imagine what harm fresh soup and bagels (two items that have already been turned away) could do to a hungry person.

Fanaticism is a dangerous thing, especially when you combine it with Little Man Syndrome and a runaway ego


Your blog headline of the day

From Pundit & Pundette comes this

And then they came for the Spiderman lunchboxes

I never thought I’d see the day. Kids’ cartoon-themed lunchboxes are out? As a homeschooler and cultural dropout, I wouldn’t have known. But non-dropout Petula Dvorak testifies that DC area public school nannies do not approve of the use of such containers. And even Ms. Dvorak, no critic of the school-knows-best culture, seems a little surprised. In fact, schools are micromanaging not only what’s in and on kids’ lunchboxes, but every other detail that goes into the preparation (and clean up!) of a non-school lunch. Dvorak:

The lunchbox itself can be fraught with peril. Anything commercial is bad, bad, bad. Spider-Man? Hannah Montana? Clone Wars? Totally out. Might as well call social services.

If a school doesn’t want to outright ban such things, the teacher gently suggests “non-violent” themes (good luck if you’ve got a boy) or urges you to “Think outside the box!” when selecting kids’ gear.

I made this apparently huge faux pas with my older son’s first lunchbox, a Buzz Lightyear model that was singularly garish amid the neat row of noncommercial, whimsical containers from L.L. Bean and Hanna Andersson.

Buzz’s smiling endorsement of the Disney mega-machine cost me $8 at Toys R Us. Meanwhile, the simplicity of a caterpillar, antique robot or whimsical zoo scene costs more than a fancy downtown lunch.

When we bought our lunchboxes this year (nonlicensed, generic robots at Target — win!), I realized that there was a whole host of other things I was supposed to be afraid of.

“Ultra Safe! PVC Free! Worry free!” read the label hanging from the robot’s ear, assuring me that there is also no lead to be found in the squishy lunch bag. Really? I thought all I had to fear was the other parents. I totally forgot to worry about the physical, not just psychological, harm that Buzz was inflicting on my child.

As for what’s inside the lunchbox? Schools want you to save the environment (and cut down on their trash), so they ask you to package everything in separate, reusable containers.

When you also follow their guidelines on providing one food of every group and every color, that means you have about eight pieces of plastic to wash every night. Wait, I have two kids. So that’s 16.

Oh, and by the way, at least one school in Montgomery County asks you to hand wash all those tiny Tupperwares, rather than use the dishwasher. So as not to release any carcinogenic BPAs from the plastic, of course.

The Nanny State strikes again

Then they came for your kids lunch!

Via Michelle!

The food profiteers & self-appointed nutrition cops stampede onward.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Fernando Dominguez cut the figure of a young revolutionary leader during a recent lunch period at his elementary school.

“Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?” the seventh-grader shouted to his lunch mates in Spanish and English.

Dozens of hands flew in the air and fellow students shouted along: “We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch!”

Fernando waved his hand over the crowd and asked a visiting reporter: “Do you see the situation?”

At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

Do you think this has anything to do with the “no lunch from home” policy?

Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district’s food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch.