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  • Issue 40

Meal in a Pill

On sci-fi’s staple diet. Words by Allyssia Alleyne. Photograph by German Lorca, Pratos.

In 1893, the American suffragette and populist Mary E. Lease imagined a world without food. Writing for the American Press Association ahead of the World’s Fair in Chicago, she described her utopian vision for the year 1993, where a single plant-based pill could feed a person for days: “And thus the problems of cooks and cooking will be solved.” The “problem, ” as she saw it, wasn’t food, but obligatory, time-consuming work. At a time when women were responsible for feeding


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