As mankind step in a new era of food evolution. We are not just searching for new combinations of ingredients or refine what we already known, we have to look for a unprecedented way to present our food and eliminate what is coming to be the greatest enemy of mankind — Starvation.
Technology has advanced so much, so today we proudly announce that we can use any method you can imagine to produce foods that are not only appear in your dreaming fantasy, but also something that are going to blow your mind.
Molecular Gastronomy, one of the greatest inventions in food industry. Great chefs have been using the method to create phantoms of restaurant all over the world. No doubt, it had light up the food industry and bring culinary techniques to a higher level. But look at the future, Molecular Gastronomy is not the only shiny star that is staying in center of the stage, because more and more new gadgets are on their way, and they will do better than just being a gimmick. There is one that catch my eyes — 3D Food Printing
“3D Food Printing”, when I first heard of the term, I was stricken dumb by the amazement. How brilliant, I can’t believe one day we are actually printing our food to serve.
Early times 3D printing was called additive manufacturing, equipment and materials were developed in the 1980s. The term additive manufacturing gained wider currency in the decade of the 2000s. By the early 2010s, the term 3D printing shows up and additive manufacturing evolved senses in which they were alternate umbrella terms for additive manufacturing technologies. Both terms reflect the simple fact that the technologies all share the common theme of sequential-layer material joining throughout a 3D work envelope under automated control. As technology matured, several authors had begun to speculate that 3D printing could aid in sustainable development in the developing world.
Additive manufacturing of food is being developed by squeezing out food, layer by layer, into three-dimensional objects. A large variety of foods are appropriate candidates, such as chocolate and candy, and flat foods such as crackers, pasta, and pizza.
The term itself does not just sounds cool, but it can do something good. In a recent update on 3D printing food, manufacturer have been talking about the efficiency and lowering the cost compared to produced by men. Every precise movement of the 3D printers can easily overcome the waste of men cooking in a restaurant. Every year, in developed countries, we threw away tons of food, most of it are still edible and perfectly enough to fulfill the needs for thousands of family in Africa.
As the population continue to grow, we can foresee that one day humanity expansion will cause more and more people to suffer from famine. That day, clearly food is going to be the priority to store up. When the time comes, in order to prevent the society and our world sink into chaos. 3D printers are one way to save the humanity.
But nothing is perfect. For some people they maybe concern about the safety of food rather than the quality of food. For sure, that is one of the challenges we are facing, there are 5 things we have to focus on when we try to perfect the printers, once these problems have been dealt with, that is the time this technology comes to shine.
1) Cross-contamination when printer using different materials
2) Certain Chemicals stay in the filament
3) Toxics maybe released during the printing process
4) Washing and cleaning difficulties
5) Some nozzles contain lead or other harmful minerals may get into the food
However, printing out our food is not a fantasy any more, because we do not just test it on certain products, there is an actual example to show the world printing food is the future in food industry:
I know sometimes things might get out of hands, some ideas mighy seem crazy, but who could imagine that we can actually fly in the sky before 1900s ? Who could known for sure that one day we can actually set our feet on moon before Project Apollo? Heck! Not to mention food, maybe one day we can print out ourselves!
“Science is a powerful instrument. How it is used, whether it is a blessing or a curse to mankind, depends on mankind and not on the instrument. A knife is useful,but it can also kill.” — Albert Einstein
Enjoy the technology, but use it wisely.