Thursday, November 10, 2016

Next On the Plate: 3D Printed Food!

Next On the Plate: 3D Printed Food!
By: Owen Moore
Food is an important aspect in anyone's life. Without food, one would not be able to survive. Food is also a driving force in many people's lives as well. I for one can say that is true. I love any type of food; I love the taste of ice cream, donuts, sushi and pizza just to name a few.  As Kevin James once said, "There's no better feeling in the world than a warm box of pizza on your lap," and I completely agree. The only trouble is having to dial up a restaurant for the pizza or struggling with making it yourself. Wouldn't it be great if you could just print your own pizza or whatever you feel like? Well, now you can.
In recent years the demand for 3D printing has gone up, as has the number of things that you can design and make. But, there has been no revolutionary idea or development that has surpassed the newfangled technology of 3D printed food. Now, with this new technology one can print a pizza, pasta or anything else.
Take the "Foodini" for example, this 3D printer allows you to print stuffed ravioli, pizza and more.
Another thing that is being discussed about 3D food printers is the topic of sustainable food. With these 3D printers, food could be more accessible and would help to eliminate some of the livestock that is kept for consumption. This would then help to lower the emissions of greenhouse gases such as methane. Methane is created both through natural sources and human activities, including the decomposition of wastes in landfills, agriculture, and rice cultivation. Methane is also, a byproduct of animals. Because, there is an increasing amount of humans in the world there is also an increase of animals for food. Through this increase of livestock, there is an increase of methane in the atmosphere. Also, in order to feed the livestock, these animals need to be fed. A common form of food that is fed to livestock are things such as grain. In order for grain to be produced, it has to be cultivated. But, nitrous-oxide, another major greenhouse gas, is produced by soil cultivation practices, especially the use of fertilizers, both commercial and organic. So, if there is a lesser amount of livestock, greenhouse gas emissions will drop as well.
On top of the sustainability of 3D printed food, this form of 3D printing has worked its way into the gourmet food world. In 2015, the Culinary Institute of America partnered with 3D Systems, maker of the ChefJet, another 3D food printer. Now, 3D printed food has become an art form. Things such as intricate flavored sugar (shown on the right)  printed in fancy geometric designs have been created.
In other news, 3D printed food has been introduced to restaurants. "Food Ink.," the first ever 3D printed restaurant, opened last summer in London, England.  To see a video clink on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWOVvSfSjCM


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