Grow Your Own Lunch With Algaculture - On Your Head!

Algaculture merges human with photosynthetic life forms in the first step towards symbiotic, self-sustaining relationship. The Algaculture Symbiosis Suit, designed by UK artists Michael Burton and Michiko Nitto aka Burton Nitto, grows algae as wearers wander around doing their normal things. The designers foresee a future when humans and algae merge, allowing people to be semi-photosynthetic and self-sustaining.

Algae Helmet: Algaculture Symbiosis Suit helmetAlgae Helmet: Algaculture Symbiosis Suit helmet
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The suit is a series of tubes placed around the body and in front of the mouth. It catches exhaled CO2 and feeds it to algae embedded in the suit. The algae are then made into food, much like that odd green juice drink sold at health bars.

The suit debuted on an opera singer at the Victoria and Albert Museum last year. Her performance created enough algae to allow audience members a taste after the show.

Algae Opera Suit: Algaculture Symbiosis Suit worn by opera singerAlgae Opera Suit: Algaculture Symbiosis Suit worn by opera singer
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The singer performed songs specially designed to create bitter or sweet algae flavors based on the tones in the song. Research shows certain tones change the qualities of exhaled CO2, affecting the taste of green slime. We’re guessing this involved very well reimbursed test subjects at the lab.

Humans already incorporate algae products or derivatives in many foods, such as mayonnaise, ice cream and other products with carrageenan. Algae grow year-round and produce 38 times more protein per acre per year than soy, using less than one percent of the water as soy.

Algae Smoothie: Green SmoothieAlgae Smoothie: Green Smoothie
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The proposed eventual total symbiosis of human and algae would turn humans into organisms similar to salamanders and sea slugs. We will be able to convert light and CO2 to energy-rich nutrients, according to Burton Nikko. The pair sees the Algaculture Symbiosis Suit as a solution to the overpopulated underfed world of the future.

What do you think about evolving into a human-sea slug or human-salamander self-photosynthesizing creature?

Would you wear something that makes you look like the Predator, just to create a green health smoothie on your head?

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Sep 29, 2013
by Anonymous

This sounds disgusting, but

This sounds disgusting, but certainly viable!

Sep 30, 2013
by Holly Cochran
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 Maybe you can mix it with

 Maybe you can mix it with other stuff to make it palatable? 

Holly Cochran,  Clever Chick