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"I think a lot of kids whose mental growth outruns their maturity gravitate to science fiction."
- Dan Simmons

Food Factory  
  Mechanized production of food by entirely artificial means.  

"Cows! What's that?"

"Hey, don't you know your geometry? That's the animal they used to get meat from, and milk."

"G'wan. You're kidding me.. That stuff is all made in the food factories. I've seen them myself, down in the Harlem district.

"That's only in the past thirty years." A grizzled veteran spoke up. "I can remember when I was a kid, they had big fields down in South America where they grew all kinds of grain, and others where there were thousands and thousands of cows and other animals that they used to kill for food."

"Oh, Pop's at it again. Hey, bunch, gather round, Pop Foster's telling his fairy stories again."

From Exiles of the Moon, by Nat Schachner (w. AL Zagat).
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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Compare to the compact food pastilles from The Senator's Daughter (1879) by Edward Page Mitchell (another form of chemical food) and the synthetic food (vat-grown meat) from Unto Us A Child Is Born (1933) by David H Keller. Also, see artificial food from The World Set Free (1914) by HG Wells.

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