a device to compare molecular patterns of any kind of matter?

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


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Benjamin Aaron Degenhart

Currently pursuing a Masters in Computational Science and Engineering at TU Munich.

3 thoughts on “a device to compare molecular patterns of any kind of matter?”

  1. Hummmmm….I’m sure it is possible. It might make shopping quite the adventure unless installed in the supermarket/grocery location. And, if what we are being told is not true…then, why believe the store’s readout? I’m still opting for growing my own… XX


  2. I would never expect organic food to be different from conventional food, rather just a cleaner and healthier version of the same organism. While organic food may be grown in slightly healthier soil, it’s more defined by what it doesn’t have than by what it does – which is probably part of its challenge as conventional farming cleans up its act more and more. I recently heard a suggestion that organics might be better served by a more graded star system than an all-or-nothing idealistic approach. (It was in this excellent video presentation about the whole global food system: http://www.ebmcdn.net/prb/html/malthus-0512.html (click the first link below the video to skip the 14 min intro)).


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