Recently the various labels for “organic food” seem to loose public trust, in my experience here in Germany at least, because of (corporately sponsored) studies that claim to find not much difference in organic or non-organic and so on.
I was thinking of a way to bypass this jungle of certificates, licenses, trust in institutions and the opinion of your neighbour. I don’t know if it’s at all possible to manufacture such a device affordable for private usage, nor do i know if it’s possible at all – however; what about a device that takes a sample of the food in question and scans it on molecular level? Either the pattern of organic healthy food is fairly universal on a molecular level (is it?) or the device could connect to a database that stores patterns of how a typical organic carrot looks like for instance. Noticing too much symmetry, fewer broken cells and a higher concentration of pesticides the device could give out an analysis and the degree to which this particular carrot differs from the optimal molecular pattern of an organic carrot. Of course it has to differ from the optimal because the variety and broken symmetry is the very indicator for natural processes – but i am sure stochastic algorithms can handle crunching the measurement to assess if it’s the correct level of “healthy chaos” or not. One test wouldn’t be enough – the software on the device would ask for a second sample from a different location on the carrot.
By sharing patterns in a global database also local differences, specialities and potential deseases could be detected i imagine. Maybe the device can also be used on oneself? Or on any material really? Feeding into a huge self-optimizing and self-categorizing pool of molecular patterns? Fitting to someones medical profile and specific need for nutritions? …
Anyone with a competent assessment if this could be possible, feasible and meaningful?
Addition, November 10: “An Electron Microscope Reveals The Hidden Horrors Of Processed Foods“