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Fruit Printed, not Picked, by Scientists
The Guardian Liberty Voice of Las Vegas ^ | May 25, 2014 | Bryan Jones

Posted on 05/25/2014 7:42:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

It may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but scientists have now printed, not picked, fresh fruit. Researchers working at a company in Cambridge, England, have used a new process to enable the 3D printing of a variety of fresh products. They recently unveiled the process and results at the TechFoodHack conference held in Cambridge, an experimental dining event that also included the unveiling of a new flavour of gelato.

3D printing was first demonstrated back in 1984, but use of the technique was not widespread until 2010 when the cost of the Additive Manufacturing machines dropped significantly in price. Since then, applications for 3D printing have grown by leaps and bounds. This technology can be used to manufacture a wide range of products using a variety of different materials, including metals, nylon, plastics, and textiles. Applications have been used in the military, in fashion and in manufacturing and repair.

These applications also extend to medicine. 3D printing machines have been used to produce medical devices such as hip replacements and jaw implants. In a famous case from earlier this year, doctors were also able to perform a successful facial reconstruction surgery on an injured motorcyclist. Scientists have also used the technology to print human tissues as well. A number of different tissues have already been produced, including human ears, vascular tissue, liver tissue, a small functioning kidney, and even a windpipe, printed from stem cells and transplanted into a two-year old patient.

This seemingly futuristic technology can be applied to food science as well. Scientists working in the food industry at Modern Meadow, a company located at the University of Missouri, want to use the new technology to create meat for human consumption. Given the substantial environmental impact of farming animals for food, this could be a welcome means of feeding a rising population while minimizing the damage to the planet. The new application of this process such that fruit can now be printed, not picked, by scientists is intended more for creative culinary experimentation than for a replacement of traditional food production methods.

The new demonstration by scientists working at Dovetailed, the Cambridge-based company, used a process called “spherification,” which was originally discovered back in the 1950’s. Spherification allows scientists to use liquid or puree from a fruit and then form small spheres containing that flavour. The 3D printer can then combine those spheres with others containing different flavours, allowing for the production of unique flavour combinations into whichever shape or form is desired.

The company says that this process only takes a few seconds, giving chefs the opportunity to explore novel fruit tastes. Dovetailed hopes that this will be available not only to professional chefs working in commercial kitchens, but that eventually it will be compact and cheap enough for consumers to do this in their own homes. This would open the door to unique gastronomical creations, an exciting opportunity for the courageous chefs of the world. How well this idea sits with the general public remains to be seen, but if Dovetailed can make this new technology cheap enough, it would not likely be just scientists who have their fruit printed, not picked.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Food
KEYWORDS: 3dprinters; 3dprinting; food; meat

1 posted on 05/25/2014 7:42:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Frankenfood?


2 posted on 05/25/2014 7:45:09 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
a small functioning kidney,

I'd like one of those please. In a medium-small, left side. And a spleen, if it's available.

I miss my left kidney. We used to talk...

/johnny

3 posted on 05/25/2014 7:46:40 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

1. Grow fruit
2. Harvest fruit
3. Chop fruit up
4. Dehydrate it
5. Pulverize it
6. 3-D print with it
7. Call it fruit


4 posted on 05/25/2014 7:48:19 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Farmer Dean; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...
Frankenfood?

Yes.

You'll have to change your name to 3-D Printer Dean...

3-D Printer Ping!

5 posted on 05/25/2014 7:48:40 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

What could be simpler?


6 posted on 05/25/2014 7:50:45 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

That’s what struck me, too.

#1 should read...
1. God uses his “additive manufacturing, cellular self-assembly process” to make fruit
2. Harvest fruit
3. Chop fruit up
4. Dehydrate it
5. Pulverize it
6. 3-D print with it
7. Call it fruit


7 posted on 05/25/2014 7:51:57 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: JRandomFreeper

Doesn’t call anymore?

How sad:-(


8 posted on 05/25/2014 7:55:28 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob
Got blowed up by blunt force trauma, along with the spleen. It's pinin' for the fjords.

Spleen and I never really talked. It was always there, but the left kidney... after a night of cheap beer, we'd always have a chat.

/johnny

9 posted on 05/25/2014 7:58:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Farmer Dean

Michelle’s School Lunch program will now include printers.


10 posted on 05/25/2014 8:01:02 PM PDT by alpo (What would Selco do?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yikes. How do you get on without your spleen?


11 posted on 05/25/2014 8:01:43 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I won’t gain weight on Frankenfood! Oh, goodie.


12 posted on 05/25/2014 8:01:49 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: alpo

Fruit roll-ups??


13 posted on 05/25/2014 8:04:52 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Army Air Corps
We never spoke much anyway. Part of the functions are covered by the liver, and I avoid bacteria/virus colonies small children wherever possible since my immune system is reduced.

What they are doing with 3D printing with stem cells is great. I really do look forward to having a replacement kidney, grown from my own stem cells.

/johnny

14 posted on 05/25/2014 8:09:33 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

They are expecting to create a functional human heart in about 5 years.

Printing large biological parts will take place in a cold environment with the part submerged in a cold, oxygen rich liquid. Small pores will be left in the parts so that oxygen rich fluid can flow through. The pores will be sealed immediately prior to implantation using a biological glue.

In a decade or two very complex parts like a human arm will be replicated.... this tech is actually more advanced than the medical tech portrayed in most sci-fi films.

They will be able to rebuild a human eye probably by 2025 or so....it will also be possible to make a human eye from scratch and use nano-robotics to connect it to the optic nerve.

It will be possible using nano-tech and bio-tech to completely rejuvenate a human by 2035 or so. 90yrs old back to 25.

It will be possible to create new eggs so that older women can give birth after their bodies are rebuilt. It will also be possible for genetic males to give birth since actual wombs, ovaries and eggs can be built using 3D biological assemblers.

A lot of really strange stuff is just around the corner.

Advancements in computer science are what is making all this possible and the rate of change gets greater every day.
This tech advancement is not a linear process. The ability of computers to manipulate biological tissue at the molecular level is the game changer...it will mean physical immortality.

The day approaches when to save a human life all that need be done is to save the brain itself... everything else can be rebuilt.... I doubt Obamacare will cover this though :-)


15 posted on 05/25/2014 8:18:16 PM PDT by Bobalu (What cannot be programmed cannot be physics)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

that nut kid out in Santa Barbara shoulda just 3D printed himself up a girlfriend...


16 posted on 05/25/2014 8:18:28 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: GeronL

For starters. Then something new called “Soylent Green”.

s/running amok


17 posted on 05/25/2014 8:20:02 PM PDT by alpo (What would Selco do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Given the substantial environmental impact of farming animals for food, this could be a welcome means of feeding a rising population while minimizing the damage to the planet. The new application of this process such that fruit can now be printed, not picked, by scientists is intended more for creative culinary experimentation than for a replacement of traditional food production methods.

Ah, we see the scientific illiteracy of the author on full display. Where does he think the material used to stock the printer comes from?

18 posted on 05/25/2014 8:20:24 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: alpo

Print anything you want,as long as it’s a stalk of celery.


19 posted on 05/25/2014 8:21:53 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
Sounds like the same process used to make that disgusting particle board furniture.
20 posted on 05/25/2014 8:22:44 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: exDemMom

Grown from tissue:

How test-tube meat could be the future of food
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3150741/posts

A Future of Lab-Produced Meat?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3118254/posts


21 posted on 05/25/2014 8:31:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I posted in the first thread you linked, and said pretty much the same as I will say here.

Cells grown in labs need to be fed with many things, including fetal bovine serum. That fetal bovine serum does not just magically appear... it is removed from fetal calves when their mothers are slaughtered.

Until cells can be reliably grown without fetal bovine serum, the idea that meat grown in labs does not involve killing animals is completely false. It takes a lot of fetal bovine serum to grow cells...


22 posted on 05/25/2014 8:48:07 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: exDemMom

LOL!

23 posted on 05/25/2014 8:51:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Bobalu

It will be possible using nano-tech and bio-tech to completely rejuvenate a human by 2035 or so. 90yrs old back to 25.
+++++++++++
I’m thinking this is your nice way of explaining to the seasoned citizens among us that they were born just a bit too early. Maybe Ray K. is right. Maybe, if you are young enough, you can live long enough to live forever.


24 posted on 05/25/2014 9:01:13 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Aren’t we overlooking something here folks? Could we 3-D print me some real money or gold bars. I’ll buy my own fresh fruit.

Now replacement body parts is a whole different thing. I’d rather have the body parts than the money. Of course I would have to pay somebody to install them which brings me back to the money question.


25 posted on 05/25/2014 9:11:45 PM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Seriesly (sp), I could use a spleen, gall bladder, and a pancreas if that wouldn’t be too much trouble. It’s been 11 years since we last parted company.


26 posted on 05/25/2014 9:22:53 PM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yikes! That must have been posted by that girl who testified before the city council in Santa Cruz.
27 posted on 05/25/2014 10:29:43 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s the point of printed fruit. You still have to have a bag of fruit substance to extrude through the print nozzle.


28 posted on 05/26/2014 12:40:10 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

I’m gonna put my orange juice in the blender and run it backward as soon as I figure out how to rewire the AC.


29 posted on 05/26/2014 5:09:18 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: exDemMom

Ah, but that is now. Eventually, they will replace the pureed real fruit with cellulose, recycled urine for the water, and whatever acceptable flavorings they can design. Give it a few years and no one will remember what a real apple, cherry, berry, etc is and furthermore, they will refuse to eat it, because it will be *strange*.

Think of the evolution of *chicken* nuggets. I saw an article recently that stated there is an increased market for *pink slime*, due to the high cost of real beef.


30 posted on 05/26/2014 7:10:35 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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