I’m done with food. Seriously.
What does food cost us everyday? By my calculations, our simple dinner of burritos last night cost me 3 hours- 2 for shopping, cooking, cleaning and eating and then another hour of work to make the money to buy the food. Lunch is usually lighter and cheaper, so let’s round that off as 2 hours and breakfast I think deserves an estimation of 1 hour.
Eating out you save a little time but spend a little more money. But I’ve found as long as you aren’t eating fancy, they are about the same.
So thats 6 hours a day devoted to food! Absurd!! Families and roommates can divide the burden up a little, but singles are just screwed. No wonder people eat out so much!
Let’s consider the same thought experiment with Soylent. How much time does Soylent cost?
The effective preparation time of Soylent is so little, I’m estimating it a mere 1 hour per month. I work for 20 hours to pay for a month of Soylent. so that’s 21 hours / by 30 days = 0.7 hours a day.
From 6 hours to less than 1. That’s over 5 more productive labor-hours per day. Very few inventions can claim to free 5 hours of every human being, every day, forever.
Let that thought explode in your head for a moment. Modern Americans are spending nearly a third of their labor-hours to simply sustain. Not a great diet by a long shot either. Just getting by. Now, think about just how cheap and convenient our food is compared to most places on Earth.
This is not funny anymore, it’s inhumane.
Thanks Rosa Labs. You guys are doing amazing work for the species. Soylent should be considered one the crowning achievements of the human race. It should sit on a shelf next to the Apollo missions, vaccines and running water. The capacity for soylent to minimize human toil is startling. Soylent drastically improves human life. Far from the dystopic connotations, shedding my egoic, privileged and consumptive diet has been one of the most liberating things I’ve ever done.