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"I did more research, and realized I almost would rather be a biologist than a writer, because there was incredible stuff going on!"
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Synthetic Food Dispenser  
  A machine that could make whatever food you wanted from basic elements.  

This is a very early use of the idea of a food synthesizer that could whip up whatever you wanted without needing to grow fruits and vegetables or breed animals for meat.

The restaurant had the food displayed directly, and I made a choice. The food was three hundred thousand years old, I suppose. I didn't know, and the machines that served it to me didn't care, for they made things synthetically, you see, and perfectly.
From Twilight, by John W. Campbell.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1934
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