Nope. The future was already here 60 years ago; the current technology focus is a solution in search of a problem. We f*cked it up 60 years by permitting our economy to reward farming using factory made fertilizers and pesticides; by shutting down local farms and outsourcing 95% of our farm needs to Florida, California, South America.
The real question is how to reintegrate local farming and humane sustainable farming, not eat a facsimile made with lab assembled chemicals; yet the facsimiles always miss something crucial. On the east coast, Maine and NJ were huge source of year round food — now, nothing.
The world is bigger and the food story more beautiful than storied VC monied success / trendy hashtag life.
There is benefit to nature which you miss understanding. Sure, use technology to hack shortcuts such as urban rooftop farms, use social media technology to restart personal ‘victory gardens’ etc, but the entire ‘food made in labs’ story loses the evolutionary knowledge of progress. ‘Food made in labs’ is like ‘bombs=peace’, which was another solution that really was a front for our cultural corporatism and it’s rampant profiteering.
Six 3′ x 12′ garden beds can feed an entire huge family for a year. Add in cooperatives and we’re done.
It’s amusing that ‘Soylent’ is a product. Since I’m name dropping, I’ll go with Nassim Taleb — his term, ‘epistemological arrogance’ covers this weak technology idea.
The future of food — it’s here, and it’s been here since we started farming; let’s not go back to farm oppression — but look at the slave labor the US imports to do the work in the California and Florida fields. It’s shameful, and we’re all accessories. If high schools and middle schools had gardening programs / farming programs / sustainability progams, we’d soon have a change in our culture, as rapid a change as texting / Vine / snapchat etc. Because kids, before they get sucked into the corporate mentality, have the potential to see what’s real. Let them work with their hands, and some elementary tools, and a-change is gonna come. But people like you, technologists, should be / have to be leading it. Thats what the conversation can be.