Had kind of a weird thought this morning. I’ll have to start with some background, or you’re going to think I’m pretty weird (Ok you’ll probably think I’m pretty weird anyways, but heck might as well mitigate my weirdness a little right?)
I’m a pretty heavy Soylent powder user, probably 80-90% of my caloric intake. At this high level of intake, I don’t always have the time to completely wash my jug between batches (normally just give it a good rinse to get rid of any gross contamination). This morning I noticed a bit of a fermented taste to my Soylent. It’s not the first time I noticed this, but it is the first time I’ve noticed it inside of my two day ‘window’ for finishing it.
Disassembling my jug completely, I did find a small ‘colony’ of microbial growth up around the seal between the handle and the jug part. I suspect I inadvertently contaminated my jug with some skin flora, ironically while cleaning it. No big deal, but this got me thinking.
Microbial colonization will happen when ever there is an open niche (in this case, nutrient rich Soylent is an obvious niche). Evolution will happen whenever there is a selection pressure (cleaning is a selection pressure).
Imagine a world in the far flung future. All of us are consuming Soylent, or Soylent like meals for most of our calories. Imagine a bacteria or yeast decides it likes Soylent almost as much as I do. We clean the jug, but not well enough, prompting change in the organism, making it more difficult to clean, and potentially faster growing. Then it recolonizes skin (because that’s where it came from), passing from person to person, finding new jugs of Soylent to ‘infect’, eventually it starts to have an impact on the world food supply, leading to massive shortages and starvation.
Ok, yep, now I’m sure you all think I’m weird. (Note to self —clean Soylent jug better in future)