What if everything was edible?

Imagine taking a quiz and being taken over with a feeling of intense hunger. In the real world, one would have to wait until lunch (maybe a snack) to satisfy this need. But, what if everything in the surrounding environment was edible?

I’m not talking about “gingerbread houses with candy cane fences and gumdrop bushes” edible. Houses are houses and fences are fences and bushes are bushes. But what if they were formed from a compound that tasted like food, felt like food and fueled the human body like food, without actually looking like food?

Rather than putting hunger on hold, one could simply lean down and take a bite out of, say, their pencil. While said pencil now lacks an eraser, the person’s hunger is now satisfied.

But this, like any other theory, is flawed. If the pencil loses its eraser after eating it, the pencil can no longer erase. As long as some sort of regeneration (think lizard regrowing its tail) occurs, the possibilities are endless.

Endless. Does the United States really need another excuse to snack? As if America doesn’t have enough food already…. However, this concept could benefit other, poorer countries who are actually in need of food.

An edible environment could be the answer to the starving children all over the world who desperately need to fill their bellies.

Again, there are flaws. For something like this to occur, several conditions need to be met. All edible materials need to be hygienic, delicious and nutritious.

Sure, some materials could be decadent and sweet, even chocolate-like. But other healthy options would need to be available as well. In a country where almost 40% of adults are obese, not just overweight, a low-calorie, high-protein alternative is a must.

One important thing to remember: fish are friends, not food. This philosophy applies to all other animals and humans in this hypothetical, edible world. This theory excludes people and animals from being composed of the edible material. However, hotdogs and hamburgers and chicken wings still exist.

And, as expected, another flaw is cost. However, this theory could potentially benefit the world long term.

If it worked for the Gingerbread Man, why can’t it work for all of humanity?

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