We have to feed the masses and we have to do it cheaply.
Enters the goo
Our scientist are still debating what the main ingredient(s) of this thick paste should be.
Can you help them?
The target consumer is the AVGCIV, the average citizen. As they are connected to VR (Virtual Reality) most of the time they don't like to engage in activities in the MR (Meat Reality). That includes eating.
The goo is government provided and one of the basic rights of citizenship. As AVGCIV make up the majority of the population any saving in its preparation would make a substantial difference on the budget.
What AVGCIV need is something that can sustain them without causing health problems in the long run.
Since they lead mainly sedentary lifestyles an intake of 1600-1800 calories per day has been deemed sufficient.
Luckily we are in 2147 and we are confident we can do this for the happiness of everybody.
As already established more than a century ago this is the recipe for a healthy diet for our sedentary AVGCIV (% is relative to total daily calories)
Carbohydrates 70% - Of which Sugars 5%
Fats 20% - Of which unsaturated fats 15% - saturated fats 5%
The best main ingredient should be selected by:
Coverage of the daily requirements (carbohydrates, proteins, fats).
Ease and speed of production / farming in large quantities.
Automatic processing is a must. Human labor should be kept at a minimum.
Resistance to pests / infections, thus lessening the need of introducing drugs in the food chain.
Ease of containment: we don't want that whatever makes up the goo may cause runaway reactions along the food chains.
In 2147 we can fix any issue with taste, that is not a concern.
Energy can be cheaply produced on the spot of the goo production with our Unmöglich Generators.
Water is available at a cheap price by desalinization of seawater. Most population is still living near sea coasts. Sanitation and recycling are in good conditions and should be able to turn waste products from the goo production and consumption into useful products (fertilizers, cleaning products, lubricants, etc).
Transportation is generally cheap.
Genetically engineered cell cltures are already available but expensive. Not for AVGCIV.
Total volume of production facilities should be reasonable.
Cricket farming: this is the current main proposal. We are looking for alternatives.
While transportation is cheap, distribution isn't necessarily so, depending on location. Higher calories yield by kilogram are to be preferred.
Total number of AVGCIV depends on the social-neoscientist you ask. But most estimates are in the 25-30 billions. This to give the scale of the problem.
You can also provide additional side ingredients if you think is necessary.
Our researchers have dug from ancient archives this bit of related information:
What farming practices would allow the Earth to support a population as high as 200 billion
Our issue is different though as it revolves around the main ingredient that would allow our goo to meet most or all of the criteria while satisfying the cheap requirements.
In the first linked source an interesting suggestion was found regarding cricket farming. See also here.
While this is interesting other options are being actively searched.
Do partake in this endeavor with your suggestions. A bounty of virtual points awaits you
SUPUPRCIV Fjodor Woo, MDSS