Fact of the day: Soylent, a food substitute intended to supply all daily nutriotional needs


Soylent is a food substitute intended to supply all of a human body's daily nutritional needs, made from powdered starch, rice protein, olive oil, and raw chemical powders.

Soylent was designed by software engineer Rob Rhinehart to be a low cost alternative to traditional food that can be prepared and consumed with less time and activity. Lacking background in chemistry or nutrition, Rhinehart developed the formula through research and self-experimentation.He named it after a fictional food from the novel Make Room! Make Room! on which the 1973 film Soylent Green was loosely based.

Soylent is currently undergoing on-going testing and modification. A crowdfunding campaign has provided roughly US$1,500,000 to produce and market a commercial version of Soylent. The funding has paid for additional research and formula modification, which has also affected its launch date. While initial orders were expected to be fulfilled in August, 2013,[9] Soylent has yet to ship commercially following multiple delays. Current estimates for launch cite January 2014 for US-based orders, and "mid 2014" for international orders.

On October 22, 2013, Soylent announced its first round of venture capital funding totaling "over $1.5 million", provided by Andreessen Horowitz, Lerer Ventures, Hydrazine Capital, and Initialized Capital.

(via wikipedia)