A balanced nutritional drink that serves as an alternative to solid food. With shipments of the powder starting in the U.S. in 2014 at roughly USD $4 per meal, Soylent provides 2,000 calories per day of the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber and fatty acids required by the body. Individual 400-calorie bottles were later added. Developed by software engineer Rob Rhinehart, Soylent is open source so that others can fine-tune the ingredients over time. For more information, visit www.soylent.me.
The name was inspired by the 1973 science fiction movie Soylent Green, which was loosely adapted from the novel "Make Room! Make Room!" by Harry Harrison. In an overcrowded world, Soylent Green was a solid food touted as coming from plankton, when in fact it was human remains.
The Soylent Instruction Manual
The recipe is changed from time to time, and version numbers document the updates like software. "Release Notes" on the front cover is just geek humor.
The Author Loves His Soylent
Alan Freedman, author of this encyclopedia, mixes bananas and blueberries to make a healthy lunch on busy days.