Originally Posted by prasercat
It's rather remarkable that it cannot sustain biological life after six months of exposure to the atomosphere and constant bombardment from bacteria and mold spores landing on it from dust, etc. However, I am less surprised by the bread, since it is obviously essentially a piece of engineered starch with a good dose of preservatives. I would have expected the fries and the meat to mold. However, once the items becomes sufficiently dry, after a week or so (depending on climate and humidity), molds and bacteria won't have enough water to populate, so they didn't actually have a six month window to grow (unless the experiment was done in the Pacific Northwest or other humid climate). I would like to see this experiment by putting a glass cover over the items to keep in the moisture. The sheen on the fries is a characteristic of highly polymerized oil or "synthetic" oil. You should be able to notice this after you eat the fries since there should be a feeling that something is coating your mouth and tongue, like Vaseline.
This is certainly an example of highly engineered (in the laboratory) fast food and what I personally call "Faux Food". It looks like food, smells like food (maybe even better), eats like food, but actually only some of the raw materials came from nature (meaning, a piece of meat, grains, etc.) and what did come from nature was altered considerably to maximize shelf life, reduce costs and maximize flavors and textures.
Normally, in a free market, the manufacturer is "kept honest" by the acceptance of the product by the public. Normally, a car that is built poorly or a suit that has a bad cut or is made from cheap materials, etc., can be noticed by the buying public, so there is the incentive to make a "good" product.
However, with food, what is noticeable is the flavor and texture and then it's gone; however, the effects on the body are much less obvious, since any effects can be attributed to something else, which gives the "Faux Food" industry a gread deal of wiggle room to screw up your health to provide them additional profits. It like the hour hand of a clock. Look at it. Is it moving? No? Really, you don't notice that it moved, so it doesn't move?
Unfortunately, you can pretty much sell people anything as long as it tastes good and they don't die quickly, which would be too obvious to ignore - this is why this has become such a nefarious business for health.