You know how back in the 50′s and 60′s they thought in the future all foods would be like pills or come dehydrated and you’d just add water and voila you’d have your complete meal? Well I’m not a fan of that kind of future. Nor a future like that of the Mad Max world.
I prefer the idea that our technology will get us to the point that most people could have mini-gardens (at the least) growing much of the veggies and fruits that we like to eat. And as we begin to explore space in person, we won’t just bring prepackaged meals, but grow the plants and maybe even livestock aboard the ships
Imagine like a cyberpunk/raypunk/starfleet future only instead of being just cold sterile stainless steel environments or dark gritty environments, it’s bright and full of the green of leaves and a colorful pallet of flowers. Imagine in densely populated areas having multi-story buildings covering an acre or more, with many of the floors open to the wind and large ramps between the floors to let the livestock go between the floors. Cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, each having their own buildings but it’s not like the traditional image of factory farms, but it’s like a pasture version of a parking structure, just with a lot more head room. Tall residential buildings with rooftop community gardens being the rule instead of the exception.
Then imagine plants designed to climb buildings without hurting the materials making up the skin of the structure. Instead of city skylines being the color of concrete, steel, and glass, it’s covered in green and speckled with the varying colors of the flowers, all framing the windows. The plants keeping the air clean and fresh while protecting the buildings from damage.
Imagine a bright future where technology and the environment don’t just exist together, but thrive together and rely on each other in symbiotic ways.