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24th Jun '17 9:50:23 AM nombretomado
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* Many science fiction works (and scientists in general), especially in the 1950's and 60's, thought this trope would soon be necessary on account of an impending [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malthusian_catastrophe Malthusian catastrophe]] taking in account the worldwide population boom that took place after WorldWarTwo if there wasn't to be mass starvation in the 1970's. They didn't anticipate the Green Revolution which allowed the world's food supply using more-or-less standard agricultural practices to continue growing at a rate fast enough to support now-seven billion people.

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* Many science fiction works (and scientists in general), especially in the 1950's and 60's, thought this trope would soon be necessary on account of an impending [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malthusian_catastrophe Malthusian catastrophe]] taking in account the worldwide population boom that took place after WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII if there wasn't to be mass starvation in the 1970's. They didn't anticipate the Green Revolution which allowed the world's food supply using more-or-less standard agricultural practices to continue growing at a rate fast enough to support now-seven billion people.
15th Jun '17 11:42:55 AM lillolillo
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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. In "FAKE FOOD" Togusa isn't happy when he takes a bite from the lunchbox and finds himself eating food meant for cyborgs.
-->'''Togusa:''' UGGH! What the- This food is for cyborgs -- it's gross!\\

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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''.
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In "FAKE FOOD" Togusa isn't happy when he takes a bite from the lunchbox and finds himself eating food meant for cyborgs.
-->'''Togusa:''' --->'''Togusa:''' UGGH! What the- This food is for cyborgs -- it's gross!\\



* In the Franchise/{{Superman}} universe, this is usually the case for future or alien civilizations. In Argo City -Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s hometown, which survived the destruction of Krypton-, people subsisted on food replicators because the soil was radioactive, ergo, incultivable.



* Minor subversion in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. Cordelia, the protagonist, is from a [[{{Utopia}} utopia-ish]] planet, and has recently moved to the more primitive former-LostColony Barrayar. She's used to eating carniculture (real meat, raised in a vat instead of a killed animal), and the fact that what she's eating used to be alive gives her a moment of pause. She still eats it, and enjoys it, but puts it down to her pregnancy making her have strange cravings. (Maybe she's right; in a later book her son says she "never eats anything but vat-protein if she can help it," and carniculture is common on Barrayar as well. But Cordelia ate the fish her son caught, because she loves him.) Later in the series, we're introduced to butter bugs, which are being designed to eat the BizarreAlienBiology of Barrayar's ecology and produce human-edible food.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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Minor subversion in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''.subversion. Cordelia, the protagonist, is from a [[{{Utopia}} utopia-ish]] planet, and has recently moved to the more primitive former-LostColony Barrayar. She's used to eating carniculture (real meat, raised in a vat instead of a killed animal), and the fact that what she's eating used to be alive gives her a moment of pause. She still eats it, and enjoys it, but puts it down to her pregnancy making her have strange cravings. (Maybe she's right; in a later book her son says she "never eats anything but vat-protein if she can help it," and carniculture is common on Barrayar as well. But Cordelia ate the fish her son caught, because she loves him.) Later in the series, we're introduced to butter bugs, which are being designed to eat the BizarreAlienBiology of Barrayar's ecology and produce human-edible food.
8th May '17 9:44:57 AM Arivne
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* Though the technology is still in its infancy, 3D Printers could potentially lead to this Trope becoming a reality. Experiments are currently being conducted using soy-based nutrient pastes, which can be fabricated into a variety of shapes and forms. [[MundaneUtility They also work really well with icing sugar.]]
** US military is funding a research program aimed at developing practical portable 3d printers that can fabricate food from prepacked pastes for troops on the move by 2015. [[http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/11/04/361187352/army-eyes-3d-printed-food-for-soldiers See this article]]. And yes, the pioneers of cake icing through 3d printing are a big part of this program.

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* Though the technology is still in its infancy, 3D Printers printers could potentially lead to this Trope trope becoming a reality. Experiments are currently being conducted using soy-based nutrient pastes, which can be fabricated into a variety of shapes and forms. [[MundaneUtility They also work really well with icing sugar.]]
** * The US military is funding a research program aimed at developing practical portable 3d printers that can fabricate food from prepacked pastes for troops on the move by 2015. [[http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/11/04/361187352/army-eyes-3d-printed-food-for-soldiers See this article]]. And yes, the pioneers of cake icing through 3d printing are a big part of this program.



** Sergey Brin, one of the founders of Google, has provided funding for research into the production of Synthetic Beef. Why? Because he knows that the natural, traditional method of producing beef will no longer be adequate within the next several decades. This means that the worst-case scenario for the Beef Industry may become inevitable which is demand outstripping production which in turn leads to worldwide shortages of natural beef. In short, beef foods, such as the hamburger and the steak, will spiral downwards into extinction.

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** * Sergey Brin, one of the founders of Google, has provided funding for research into the production of Synthetic Beef.synthetic beef. Why? Because he knows that the natural, traditional method of producing beef will no longer be adequate within the next several decades. This means that the worst-case scenario for the Beef Industry beef industry may become inevitable which is demand outstripping production which in turn leads to worldwide shortages of natural beef. In short, beef foods, such as the hamburger and the steak, will spiral downwards into extinction.
8th May '17 9:43:13 AM Arivne
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* [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24825582 this]] B.B.C article on 'note by note cooking', where foot is entirely constructed with the basic building blocks of food rather than raw ingredients.

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* [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24825582 this]] This]] B.B.C article on 'note by note cooking', where foot is entirely constructed with the basic building blocks of food rather than raw ingredients.
8th May '17 9:33:31 AM Arivne
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* Surprisingly, this makes an appearance in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Starfleet Academy: Collision Course''. In these pre-replicator days, there are many references to "resequenced protein" as something people eat when they've no choice. In particular, breakfast at the Adademy consists of resequenced protein in thin pink slices and thick white slabs, vaguely resembling bacon and eggs. According to Spock, they were originally created as emergency shuttle rations.

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* Surprisingly, this makes an appearance in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Starfleet Academy: Collision Course''. In these pre-replicator days, there are many references to "resequenced protein" as something people eat when they've no choice. In particular, breakfast at the Adademy Academy consists of resequenced protein in thin pink slices and thick white slabs, vaguely resembling bacon and eggs. According to Spock, they were originally created as emergency shuttle rations.
8th May '17 9:31:43 AM Arivne
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** Another short story, "Good Taste," focuses on the orbiting colony Gammer, where fungus/yeast based cuisine is SeriousBusiness and all recipes are based on standard extracts. The protagonist enters(and ''wins'') the annual cooking contest, and the chief judge raves about his entry until he admits that the key ingredient was a ground bulb of naturally-grown garlic. The judge immediately [[IAteWhat vomits at the idea]] of having eaten "A growth from the dirt" and the protagonist is banished. His mother's parting words are; "Canít you see, Minor-mine, that what you did was not in..."

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** Another short story, "Good Taste," focuses on the orbiting colony Gammer, where fungus/yeast based cuisine is SeriousBusiness and all recipes are based on standard extracts. The protagonist enters(and enters (and ''wins'') the annual cooking contest, and the chief judge raves about his entry until he admits that the key ingredient was a ground bulb of naturally-grown garlic. The judge immediately [[IAteWhat vomits at the idea]] of having eaten "A growth from the dirt" and the protagonist is banished. His mother's parting words are; "Canít you see, Minor-mine, that what you did was not in..."
8th May '17 9:30:55 AM Arivne
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** In a good many of his novels, especially the Elijah Baley series, people are vegetarian through no particular choice of their own -- the Earth is so overcrowded that real meat is a luxury most people can't afford, and artificial yeast-based proteins grown in vats ("zymoveal") are the food of choice for the working class. [[http://www.quorn.com/welcome/ Quorn]] is a real-life equiavalent, made from molds instead of yeast.

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** In a good many of his novels, especially the Elijah Baley series, people are vegetarian through no particular choice of their own -- the Earth is so overcrowded that real meat is a luxury most people can't afford, and artificial yeast-based proteins grown in vats ("zymoveal") are the food of choice for the working class. [[http://www.quorn.com/welcome/ Quorn]] is a real-life equiavalent, equivalent, made from molds instead of yeast.
16th Apr '17 8:59:16 AM nombretomado
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If you discover to your horror that '''''[[SoylentGreen the artificial food is people!]]''''', that's HumanResources. If it's made from icky vermin because normal livestock are no longer abundant, that's ReducedToRatburgers on a commercial scale.

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If you discover to your horror that '''''[[SoylentGreen '''''[[Film/SoylentGreen the artificial food is people!]]''''', that's HumanResources. If it's made from icky vermin because normal livestock are no longer abundant, that's ReducedToRatburgers on a commercial scale.



** Then there's the episode where Bender tries to be a cook and SoylentGreen is a mandatory ingredient in the dishes.

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** Then there's the episode where Bender tries to be a cook and SoylentGreen Film/SoylentGreen is a mandatory ingredient in the dishes.
14th Apr '17 3:13:29 AM bombadil211
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** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had an ongoing plot hole - despite taking place ''before'' [=TOS=], the Enterprise NX-01 has a "[[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Protein_resequencer protein resequencer]]" capable of recycling the crew's waste products into normal-looking food.

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** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had an ongoing plot hole - despite taking place ''before'' [=TOS=], the Enterprise ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': The NX-01 has a "[[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Protein_resequencer protein resequencer]]" capable that is able to take a raw protein base and turn it into simple processed foods like scrambled eggs or meatloaf. Although the resequencer is supposedly able to create a variety of recycling foodstuffs, it apparently all tastes the same. Also, this technology isn't the crew's waste products into normal-looking food.primary means of sustenance but is meant to supplement what the ''Enterprise'' can hold in its stores and what is grown in a hydroponic garden.
21st Mar '17 1:51:24 PM Vox
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* Sly (Creator/SylvesterStallone) eats a hamburger made from a rat in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' while in the Wasteland. Curiously, he seems to dig it, though he seemed a bit surprised/disgusted for a brief moment. Probably because it's the best food '''period''' he's had in years. Being in suspended animation for a few decades tends to do that for you, especially with the revelation that he was conscious the entire time. He may also have been playing it up to freak out the surface-dwellers that were with him; they were horrified by the notion of eating meat, and he seems to enjoy making fun of their delicate sensibilities.

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* Sly (Creator/SylvesterStallone) eats a [[ReducedToRatburgers hamburger made from a rat rat]] in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' while in the Wasteland. Curiously, he seems to dig it, though he seemed a bit surprised/disgusted for a brief moment. Probably because it's the best food '''period''' he's had in years. Being in suspended animation for a few decades tends to do that for you, especially with the revelation that he was conscious the entire time. He may also have been playing it up to freak out the surface-dwellers that were with him; they were horrified by the notion of eating meat, and he seems to enjoy making fun of their delicate sensibilities.
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