Food and concept designer, Chloé Rutzerveld, presents 'Edible Growth' – a new food production concept that pushes the boundaries of technology in the food industry. The concept explores how 3D printing can transform the food industry by printing a mixture of living (and edible) spores and organisms into an edible dough case. 

The printed structure is left to grow over the course of 3-5 days, as it goes through the stages of growth, Rutzerveld says that the development of taste and flavour can be witnessed as the structure forms sprouting greenery and mushrooms blossom from within the casing.

It may be some eight years before initiatives like this become commercially viable, safety concerns being paramount as well as funding. But the benefits to the food industry could be huge, its healthy and it's a wonderfully inventive meal for any consumer.  

3D food

3D food

3D food

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