The future of food? Some food predictions nailed it and some just didn’t!

By Sergio González | 11:43

This is how Time magazine thought we would be getting meals in the 21st century

Isaac Asimov’s predictions are becoming popular on the Internet these days as his 1964 projections of how we’ll be living in 2014 are pretty accurate. Some visionaries saw it coming and some others just lost it. Let’s check out what they used to say about our food.

One of the biggest failures of future food predictions was picturing humans without the sense of taste, as if we will ever stop enjoying food. If we had listened to 60s future gurus, we should be eating pills in the morning with all the nutrients we need for a day. Well, dietitians are still trying not to laugh too hard. 

Irradiated food sounds already strange enough without knowing a single bit about it, and you may have seen somebody refuse to get their fresh fruit scanned at a supermarket, but in this video from the 60s they thought that a third ‘cold station’ for irradiated food would join the freezer and the cooler in our kitchens. Not even Ikea could fit that in an city apartment.

However, this prediction was somehow right, as we have been irradiating our food for many years now. The USA have a freer policy, but the European Union is on its way to catch them. Australia has a ban on irradiated cat food since 2009.

Urban gardens prediction nailed it. Already in the 19th century, the coughed metropolis of the Industrial Revolution world inspired visionaries to dream of a greener life, healthier and fresher food included.

An idea finally carried out by some weirdos in the 70s, urban gardens became a timid trend after the 90s and are the most certain reality for a near future. Projects of organic greenhouses in NY rooftops spread all over as viable eco-friendly business and nowadays skyscrapers are designed with food gardens, some even able to create mini-ecosystems.

One of the food trends with better odds to become real is saying goodbye to meat. We could point out several reasons, starting by how disrespectfully we raise animals and the subsequent vegetarian revolution we are living nowadays, but the truth may be much simpler.

Breeding huge mammals such us cows and pigs consumes many resources -like large amounts of water- and as our population grows, a shift towards veggies could help us live in a cleaner planet. On the other hand, we could still get protein from insects. Are you ready for that?

It may sound pretty millennial but Aldox Huxley, the author of ‘Brave New World’, already saw it coming in 1950, when Redbook Magazine asked him and other great visionaries What will the world of 2000 AD be like?

Molecular gastronomy is the closest to future food you can get nowadays

Giant zucchinis and huge tomatoes were the promising idea that some time in the future would have fed mankind. We are actually able to produce larger veggies, but we wouldn’t buy it in the markets. If you do the shopping, you’d have seen the trend is the other way round with so many baby everything. 

Molecular gastronomy didn’t enter the English language until 1992 and it’s still unknown for many people, but Benjamin Thompson saw this super modern creative food coming in the 18th century. He should get an award for the longest, accurate shot.

Willing to know what current visionaries are saying about food in the future, let’s say 2120? Stay tuned for a future post and soon you’ll find out.

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