I watched this earlier today. 2 of the other 3 people (aside from the neutral host I mean) were pretty clearly openly hostile to even the idea of Soylent and third wasn’t crazy about it either.
They kept harping on people eating together and how that goes away with Soylent, especially the family dinner table. I have heard this a million times from a million different people. Although people can of course use Soylent for a quick on the run meal, it doesn’t have to be that way. Can’t people sit around the dinner table consuming Soylent? Less food prep time, less clean up time and thus more sitting around the table looking at each other time? Right? More people actually looking at each other and talking instead of looking down at the plate and putting food into their mouths.
Another thing to stress if you’re ever in that position again is the ethic of Soylent of improving as we gain more knowledge. So the one lady dissed Soylent 1.0 (which the people on the show were consuming, in case readers haven’t seen it) and she said “Maltodextrin as the first ingredient? That’s bad,” or whatever. Yeah, okay, I don’t know much about maltodextrin, but it was version 1.0. The idea was to get SOMETHING going, and something that does includes good things like vitamins and minerals too, and that’s what 1.0 was, and then go on to develop it and make it better. So 1.4 is out now and the top ingredient is no longer maltodextrin. And they’re working on reducing the glycemic index with isomaltulose in this new version. The GI of a potato, OTOH, isn’t going to change.
Lots of people, including the ones on that show, attack Soylent by saying roughly “The current version has these limitations.” An obvious rejoinder to that is, it’s always getting better. The conventional food industry is so mature as an industry that any improvements will be incremental. Soylent OTOH, and the other new things coming along now like Hampton Creek (plant based eggs) and lab grown meat (from cow stem cells and still in very early development) are going to improve by leaps and bounds because research into the best way of doing them is so new.
The one lady was trying to diss the environmental impacts. Are you kidding? If you could account for everything now I suspect Soylent is more environmentally friendly now than regular farming but regardless, like in the previous paragraph regular farming can only improve incrementally in environmental terms whereas Soylent can improve by orders of magnitude.