“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple Inc.

Sustainable food Tedx

Food and technology meet – End to global issues?

Food that perplexes your senses and everything you’d expect from normal cuisine; sustainable food that reduces global emissions and can help end world hunger.

Featured on TED, Homaru Cantou and Ben Roche bring us Moto, a Chicago restaurant which features innovative creations that most restaurants would squirm at the thought of. While their menu may not be too much out of the ordinary, it’s what occurs behind the scenes in their secret science lab that will blow your mind. Using extraordinary technology the pair challenge themselves to bring a twist to “normal” everyday cooking by finding new uses for ingredients which are overlooked. With the future becoming more and more technologically advanced and digitized, why keep the kitchen traditional?

In our day and age increasing technology has allowed food to become a mass-produced industry. While we are eating more we are also generating more energy consumption, not to mention that eating more doesn’t necessarily mean eating better. While I personally am not vegan/vegetarian (I simply don’t have the willpower to resist a juicy medium rare steak) I see the attraction and deep down wish that I am one. Although now maybe I can enjoy a good ol’ vegetarian burger from Moto without even knowing it’s not beef! Just today CNN reported that 14-24% of total global emissions (7.3 billion to 12.7 billion metrics tons of CO2) can be traced back to cultivating agriculture. To add onto an already overbearing list, the number of health concerns ranging from obesity, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and certain cancers are fast growing and it appears our diet isn’t fixing the problem. We are over-consuming, over-indulging and wasting food. I should stop myself here before my rant travels too far off topic.

Basically what I am trying to say is that these two were passionate about food and curious as to how they can revolutionize the dining experience in their restaurant. Who would have thought that food and technology combined would create such masterpieces. Maybe they stumbled upon it by sheer boredom, or they searched for years for ways to end world hunger and develop sustainable food sources, either way it is simply brilliant.