An innovation that massively reduces land use, water use, and resource use

From Azizonomics:

NASA is funding the development of a printer for food:

Of course, its immediate application is as an experimental technology to feed hungry astronauts in space.

This is getting interestingly close to the fantasies of a Star Trek-style food replicator. Consumers go to the store, buy cartridges of nutrients and flavourings, load them into their printer, download some recipes from the internet, print, and eat.

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It may be early to hypothesise about costs, but I hypothesise that 3D printing foodstuffs may massively lower the costs – both in material inputs and in monetary inputs – of producing food.

For instance, today 70% of water usage is for food-related irrigation. Today it takes…

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