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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Synthetic Food  
  Edible food for humans, grown in the laboratory.  

He had earned that position by his inventions which made possible the artificial production of all food supplies in the individual home. Prior to his work in this dietary field, large laboratories in every city had produced synthetic food and meats, grown in large test tubes. The method was adequate in every way to the needs of the populace, but the manner of distribution was still antiquated. Hubler perfected a small but complete production laboratory, not much larger than the electric refrigerators of the past century. His product in its preparation was entirely automatic and practically foolproof. It would generate, day by day, and year by year, a complete and attractive food supply for a family of two. It not only created the food, but there was an auxiliary machine which prepared it for the table in any form desired by the consumer. All that was necessary was the selection of one of the twenty-five menus and the pressing of the proper buttons.
From Unto Us A Child Is Born, by David H. Keller.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1933
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Compare to the animal tissue culture vat from Uller Uprising, by H. Beam Piper (1952), the carniculture plants from Four-Day Planet (1961) also by H. Beam Piper as well as ChickieNobs from Margaret Atwood's excellent 2003 novel Oryx and Crake.

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