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3D printed food is a lesson in how not to feed the world

29 March 2014


Senior policy officer Amy Leach argues that the question is not simply how to feed a rising population but how to do so healthily and sustainably. Despite Nasa being able to print a pizza, scientists recognise that in its current state food printing is an unsatisfactory answer to world hunger. 

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Discussion starters

  • Characteristics of technology: Use this and other examples to discuss examples of creative and critical thinking that have supported technological innovation. (level 5)
  • Technological products: Use this and other examples to discuss examples to illustrate how decisions about material selection take into account the composition of the material and the specifications of the product. (level 5)

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Keywords: 3D printer, pizzas, food, characteristics of technology, technological products

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