soylent

VICE, being VICE, decided to send Brian Merchant to Oakland to meet Rob Rhinehart, the inventor of food substitute Soylent, and start a thirty-day diet of nothing but Soylent. Here’s his story…



It’s hard to imagine eating this stuff more or less exclusively for more than seven months can be remotely satisfying, even if it meets human nutrition needs, but Soylent inventor Rob Rhinehart…


Tired of spending time, money, and emotional energy on food when you could be fully sustained by quickly gulping down an odorless liquid? 24-year-old software engineer Rob Rhinehart is the creator of a substance called Soylent. His crowd-sourcing page to fund its mass production has raised nearly $800,000 in a few weeks:

I haven’t eaten a bite of food in 30 days, and it’s changed my life. I hypothesized that the body doesn’t need food itself, merely the chemicals and elements it contains. I just want to be in good health and spend as little time and money on food as possible.

I researched every substance the body needs to survive, plus a few extras shown to be beneficial, and purchased all of them in nearly raw chemical form from a variety of sources… I eventually ended up with an thick, odorless, beige liquid. I call it ‘Soylent’.