It's 2040. Fusion energy's starting to become widespread and solar's gotten better. AI and robotics (and brain uploading, as with these guys) have reached the point where a robot can do any job a human can do, and it's just a question of cost. The trouble is, there's now a huge population of people with low-to-middling skills and intelligence who have trouble earning a living.
I'm considering having my characters push for (figuratively) .4 acres and a food-generator. That is, they give/rent/sell people some kind of minimal set of gadgets to produce food, possibly like a greenhouse in a cargo container or a thing that cranks out amino acids and carbs. (Thinking of something from Project Rho, here.) The idea is that the people living on these things are poor but able to take care of their most basic needs without constant charity.
The question: is a compact food generation system at all plausible as a way of keeping low-skill people largely financially independent? Obviously food's not the only need, and there're social problems involved, but food is important and could be the basis for similar tech producing clothing and other things on a sort of local village level. Does it make any economic sense compared to traditional farming though, even assuming reasonably cheap energy?