Green Open Food Evolution
A collaboration with Maya Minder’s project
Green Open Food Evolution proposes a speculative narration into possible dietary programs based on algae rich nutrition, aimed at rewriting the human holobiome so to ultimately become Homo Photosyntheticus. Scientific research has recently discovered how the intestinal microflora of Japanese people has adapted to digest Nori seaweed: a gene transfer occurred between an ancestral marine bacterium and an intestinal bacterium specific to the Japanese. Once ingested by Japanese people, marine bacteria associated with algae were then able to come into contact with intestinal bacteria and transfer their “utensils” to them.
Would our own intestinal bacteria be able to acquire the same features today as the intestinal bacteria of the Japanese if we regularly ate raw seaweed-based foods? This discovery of the “sushi factor” may be only the beginning of a wider field of investigation into the evolution of the human holobiont and its possible future.
What would happen to Homo Photosyntheticus, a sort of ultimate vegetarian who no longer eats but lives on internally produced food from his algae symbiosis? Our Homo Photosyntheticus descendants might, with time, lose their mouths, becoming translucent, slothish, and sedentary.