Could 3D-printed meals be the food trend of the future?

Kelsey Weekman

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The future of food is upon us.

According to the United Nations, the world will have to increase its food production by 70 percent by the year 2050 to feed the extra 2.5 billion people on the planet.

Here are a few of the items that might be on the menu of the future:

3D-printed meals

Foods like cereal, crackers and chocolate have already been successfully printed, and experts say that 3D printers could help solve food shortages across the globe.

Algae smoothies

Our oceans, lakes and rivers are full of this slimy green stuff, but don’t be quick to snub it. Algae is high in nutrition and easy to mass-produce. Scientists can transform algae into a powder that you can add to anything from smoothies to soups.

Laboratory-grown meats

Grown in a lab from cultured cells, it tastes and looks like a burger — it’s just from lab-to-table rather than farm-to-table. So-called clean meats will also eliminate the cruel and unethical treatment of farm animals.

The future of food seems extremely cool, but will it be tasty, too? Only time will tell.

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