X prize feeding next billion
By Janelee Sellers
My comment is long, but really important because of the lack of understanding by many (especially medical doctors and lab people) of the points I mention here.
If the team has the lab and science to do this in situ of a laboratory, I recommend the outdoors as laboratory, just be efficient with it and understand the timeline and nutrition of living things that humans need to consume such as, say, wheat grass powder; (grown in the rich soils of ancient sea bed in Utah West Desert. Using a unique freeze drying method called BioActive Dehydration TM, we retain the natural qualities fresh juice and when reconstituted in water the juice is virtually identical to fresh squeezed juice with essentially no degradation of color, flavor, aroma, enzymes, and nutrition. BioActive Dehydration TM process, the product temperature never exceeds 106ºF (41ºC) and is above body temperature (98.6ºF) for less than 2 minutes. Wheat grass contains high concentrations of valuable nutrients, including chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and natural enzymes. This juice powder is 100% pure and contains no insoluble fibers, carriers or additives.) , the timeline is likely appropriate. However, engineers and scientists and most medical doctors (our beloved but symptom-focused helpers) are notoriously uninformed nutritionally, take lab test results as they currently understand that, and NOT understanding human bio-available nutrition, natural soil/Earth biodiversity regarding food, not to mention lab food creators make boring ideas with food, aesthetics, and nutrition. A case in point is dog food: it is so bad to the creatures to eat (they aren’t prone to placebo effects because they don’t think about their food, they either eat it or they won’t eat it.) Dog food companies have to spray the dog food (read: carbohydrate sawdust with fake lab ‘nutrients’ sprinkled in only for ingredient labels and they have to spray this kibble with a flavoring so the dogs will even eat it. The kibble is NOT bio-available, hence the animal is actually starving and prey to a multitude of diseases. This also happens with humans, and likely any other living thing (including trees and plants) except microbiological living beings, the basis for everything. Fungi, mycelium, and these kind of building blocks of the natural world must be availed for bio-availability if these lab-grown foods are to do their job. Our planet is unique in that we have iron, we have it in our very veins, yet elsewhere in the Universe iron is one of if not THE most rare of ingredients, taking billions of years to make.
Check out this video (I know, it’s a doctor who sells the stuff, but the info shared is huge) on Earth minerals/nutrition that goes into wheat grass juice that is dried in the field to understand the way this grass uptakes nutrition, chlorophyll and the farmer creates a bio available powder IN the field to keep those nutrients viable: What is Wheatgrass Juice Powder? Benefits Explained By Dr.Berg - YouTube Ergo, if the lab-grown foods have the nutrition, x-prize will have a winner to bring to market. If not, x-prize will be creating fake foods that kill people and living things. Fungi grow fast, but natural environments are needed to uptake the good stuff for it to be bio-available to humans. This is just one example of a zillion that we have to take care with, and there are labs and scientists and doctors who are doing this… I am keeping track of some of them (the guy in the video here for one). I just want xprize to have a good product that is beneficial,not harmful.
Which criteria will be the most difficult for teams to meet?
Understanding bio available nutrition to humans and making that happen, insulin and the way it is needed and used in the body (how cells do or do not use the food) insulin spiking and how insulin works in the body with food and insulin resistance when the bio availbility is NOT understood, vs intermittent fasting and autophagy, and outdoor field/soil/earth timing and processing with constant integrated nutritional return (permaculture farming). Instead of testing after the product is made, I recommend doing the health / nutrition testing all along the creation of the lab foods to insure healthy outcomes. Humans intrinsically check palatable status as a marker for nutrition/ satiety, but when the gut biome is polluted with, say, artifice and carbohydrates, the brain will crave and seek those for the gut - but the body will actually starve if the brain is in charge, so we need to make the gut healthy first to talk to the brain.
This is a wonderful idea,and we have the space and places to feed all in our parallel universe of plants on Earth… please take my comments to heart regarding nutrition in its real sense for live beings, not lab-created sawdust. Living foods, especially those based on fungi and microbiology with our basis of needed sunlight and chlorophyll based on our Earth’s trace nutrients besides the major nutrients, will be a start on success for this project; ignoring these will have an outcome of failure, disease and maybe even dead people who trusted science to feed them.