A Plastic Planet Co-Founder Frederikke Magnussen believes plastic is harming health in more ways than we think.
THE meal-in-a-pill has been a staple of science fiction for decades. The 1930 musical comedy Just Imagine tells the story of a man who is woken after being in a coma for more than half a century. Waking up in 1980s New York, the man goes to a café and orders his favourite meal: roast beef and vegetables followed by apple pie and coffee. Unaware of the realities of the world he now finds himself in, he is served the meal in a single pill.
Sixties animated sitcom The Jetsons also offered an insight into what food and drink in the future might look like. The show depicts a vision of the future where cooking has been eradicated and ovens are obsolete. Instead of slaving over a hot stove in preparation for an evening meal, members of The Jetson family simply press a button on a machine and a food pill is dispensed within seconds.
The meal-in-a-pill concept dates back more than a century. In 1893 the American Press Association asked writers from across the US to forecast what the world would look like in 1993. Mary Elizabeth Lease, an American suffragette predicted that, by the year 2000, mankind would be sustained solely by synthetic food consumed in condensed pill form.
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