I have the day off work so after sitting here for a while, bored out of my mind, I started to wonder how much Soylent I would need in a year. Prices are great, but I do that mental math too often for it to be interesting anymore. Let’s go with weight - I feel it adds more perspective!
So. For me individually, I need ~432 grams a day.
This was, of course, the v1.3 weight. Assuming the weight has increased due to the assorted fat powders and starches, let’s round up to 500 grams. Great! Now 500 grams by 7 days a week is 3500 grams. For a mid-weight backpacker, 7 pounds of added weight isn’t too bad. But let’s bump it up again…
52.1775 (weeks) by 3500 grams brings us to ~400 pounds of powder. If we can trust the shelf life guarantee, we’ve got ourselves some pristine apocalypse food. If your vehicle is big enough (say a boat or bus), you could feasibly pack up several years worth of food or about a year per person, depending on your party’s size.
But hey, I like big numbers so let’s keep it going. And let’s keep those numbers nice and round! Following UN projections, by 2100 we should have roughly 10 billion people on-board.
Let’s assume for simplicity that these are all healthy adults. To feed everyone for the next 100 years, we would need about:
400 lbs (1 year of Soylent) x 10,000,000,000 (people) x 100 (years) =
400,000,000,000,000 pounds of Soylent
If we’re smart about it, we might reach a quintillion BTU’s of global energy production by 2100. In other words, the raw weight of (a global lifetime supply of) Soylent would end up being two orders of magnitude smaller than one year of energy production. If any of you are brave enough to calculate the total water savings, go for it.
I’ve been up for 30 hours so I’m gonna go pass out.
EDIT: Miscalculation. I don’t math. I can count to potato.