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Soylent raises $800,000 for food replacement product - (As far as we can tell Soylent is not people.)

June 24, 2013View for printing

I love food. I enjoy buying it, cooking it, growing it, and, best of all, eating it. So when I first heard of Soylent, a food replacement product, I imagined living a life in which dinner meant combining a white powder with water. A dystopia for me is an apparent utopia for the 6,000-plus people who gave nearly $800,000 to successfully fund Soylent's crowdfunding campaign.

The idea of living without food isn't just now becoming popular (though I've been seeing plenty of news stories on the subject recently). Forty years ago the science fiction movie Soylent Green, from which the product is undoubtedly named, explored a world in which everyone lives on highly processed wafers. (As far as we can tell Soylent is not people.)

By Tyler Falk

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