lovers, it's time to rejoice! With NASA funding the development of the world's
first ever 3-D food printer, very soon, we may be able to 'print and eat' our
very own pizza. Aimed at reducing hunger in the world, and in the 'space,' NASA
has awarded a whopping $125,000 grant to a research project, which aims at
developing a 3-D food printer to help reduce the issues associated with storage
of food for long term during space trips for astronauts.
Anjan Contractor hopes to help people on the earth too, with this initiative,
with an idea to help people on the earth get easy access to the volume and
variety of food that is required.
Systems and Materials Research
Corporation, led by Mechanical Engineer Anjan
Contractor, is all set to start with pizza as their first initiative in their
3-D printed food.
be complex, as pizza is a dish that involves many ingredients, and works in
layers, but with the success of this printed dish, there will be no sad,
food printer is assumed to start with mixing and depositing a layer of dough,
followed by a tomato sauce made from a mixture of tomato powder, water and oil.
Though this printed pizza will have no meat or cheese, it may still be a boon
for the astronauts, who survive years in space with freeze-dried and powdered
distance space travel requires 15-plus years of shelf life," Contractor told Quartz. "The way we are working on it is, all the
carbs, proteins and macro and micro nutrients are in powder form. We take
moisture out, and in that form it will last maybe 30 years."
think, and many economists think, that current food systems can't supply 12
billion people sufficiently," he added. "So we eventually have to
change our perception of what we see as food."
With new initiatives to curb hunger in the world, including encouraging
consumption of insects, this one may prove to be a much more 'ethical' and
Printed burgers anyone?