Retro Dreams Of Giant Future Food

Lifestyle magazine articles and Sunday comic strips in the 1960s predicted the arrival of a golden age of eating by the year 2000, with plates filled by technologically modified, super-sized foods of the future. The illustrations may look fantastical, but this is more or less what has happened — the only thing that was not anticipated was an organic foods movement putting up resistance. Via Paleofuture:

Gamma ray fields now operating on the east coast point to a day when crops will grow to giant size, vastly enlarging yield per acre. These super-plants will be disease and insect resistant — more tender and tasty — and controllable as to ripening time. Seasonal vegetables like corn will be available fresh nearly everywhere for most of the year instead of only a month or so.


  • rtb61

    Of course then they failed to really understand the complexity of interactions when you interfere with the food chain and it’s impact upon human health.
    No in a era of much greater corporate integrity, did they think psychopaths would basically take over major corporation driven by nothing but all consuming greed for greater bonuses and their willingness to release toxic substances on the human population as long as there were profits to be made.
    In that era, the idea that corporations would purposefully go bankrupt, cheat on product testing, corrupt governments and, be totally indifferent to the deaths they were causing, was completely foreign to them.

    • Ssjtylerius

      The Jungle by Upton Sinclair?

  • Scruffy

    Well, at least we can make giant ants…

  • Wayne Nix

    mmmmmm that looks like tomacco…

  • Ronniedobbs

  • Anarchy Pony

    Attack of the killer tomatoes! 
    Also, love the idea that they thought a “gamma ray sprinkler” was a good idea. Also, how would you even go about eating any of that? The kernels on that giant corn are bigger than a regular corn cob…

    • JaceD

      Radioactive veggies? Helps you see in the dark! Full of atomic nutrients that literally makes your skin radiate with a soft green glow!

    • MoralDrift

      I thought the same thing…what use for such giant food?? Unless of course you wont be eating it fresh and in its “natural” gigantic state but that these mammoths would be processed into more readily edible products

  • MarjorieJCat

    It’s not the food that became giant, it’s the people.

  • Haystack

    “Aw, Ma! Not one giant kernel of corn for dinner *again*!”