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Food in the Future
by Robert J. Sawyer
Copyright © 1999 by Robert J. Sawyer
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In October 1999,
Robert J. Sawyer was asked by the editors of a cookbook
to provide a comment about what food will be like in the future.
Here's what he had to say . . .
Food is one of humanity's great pleasures, and in the future,
it's only going to get better. Instead of changing foods,
genetic engineering will change us, and the way we digest.
Why should the foods we like best be the least good for us? Future
generations of humanity will be able to eat any food, no matter
how rich. Sugar, salt, fat, cholesterol all the things we
love but have to consume in moderation now will have no
restrictions on them in future. All food will be nutritious; the
sole criterion for choosing meals will be taste.
And, of course,
dishes that haven't been enjoyed for thousands of years will be
back on the menu: we will resurrect mammoths and moas from
recovered DNA. Jetsons-style food pills will never materialize;
instead, in the future, enjoying sumptuous meals will be a
guilt-free highlight of every day.
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