Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Brewing Bad

Drugs and contraband in The Expanse can get very, um, strange.  While every fan knows about Miller's Great Cheese Investigation, there are plenty of other things that people can get into trouble for.

https://www.wired.com/2015/08/dont-try-home-scientists-brew-opiates-yeast/

https://www.theverge.com/2015/8/13/9148677/yeast-opiate-hydrocodone-oxycodone-synthetic-biology-heroin

Cheese Smuggling, Seriously

This stuff is really happening, today, on Earth.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/09/as-drugs-are-smuggled-into-the-us-cheese-is-being-smuggled-into-canada/262837/

http://www.businessinsider.com/canadas-cheese-smuggling-problem-2012-9

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2012/09/27/161917296/cheese-smuggling-ring-is-brought-down-in-canda

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/3-arrested-canada-us-cheese-smuggling-operation-article-1.1171068

http://mentalfloss.com/article/49980/5-deliciously-illegal-food-crimes

Ah, the power of Cheese. . .

Feeding the Belt

Here are some links and thoughts on the foodstuffs that would be available in The Expanse.

Hydroponics and cultured meats are likely to play a big role in off-world agriculture.

http://home.howstuffworks.com/lawn-garden/professional-landscaping/alternative-methods/hydroponics.htm

https://www.nasa.gov/missions/science/biofarming.html

https://blog.1000bulbs.com/home/15-best-hydroponics-foods

http://agritecture.com/post/128026304454/uae-farmer-experimenting-with-hydroponic-rice

Thankfully, the future will not be completely dominated by beans and rice.

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19900009537.pdf

https://worldwidescience.org/topicpages/h/hydroponic+wheat+production.html

While faux something-made-from-soybeans meat substitutes and variations on tofu will dominate off-world protein supplies, lab grown meat will be available, for a price.

http://gizmodo.com/the-future-will-be-full-of-lab-grown-meat-1720874704

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/lab-grown-meat-inches-closer-us-market-industry-wonders-who-will-regulate

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/02/lab-grown-meat-prices-have-dropped.html

But let's not forget fish.

http://www.aifrb.org/fish-in-space-recirculating-aquaculture-systems-and-aquatic-research/

Here's some thoughts on what might pass for whiskey on Ceres.

https://blog.distiller.com/rice-whisky/

https://thewhiskeywash.com/whiskey-styles/world/kikori-whiskey/

https://www.wired.com/2015/04/lost-spirits/

Let's not forget beer, likely made mostly from rice.

https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/style/169/

https://byo.com/mead/item/722-grow-your-grains

https://www.beeradvocate.com/articles/13346/future-farmers-will-hydroponic-hops-change-the-beer-industry/