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Ga. Tech grad creates food replacement substance

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A Georgia Tech graduate says he's engineered a low-cost food replacement that could help in the fight against hunger.

With soy and lentils as primary ingredients, Robert Rhinehart calls his product Soylent -- a tongue in cheek reference to the Harry Harrison book that inspired the 1973 Charlton Heston film Soylent Green.

In just one month, Rhinehart raised almost $800,000 through a crowd funding campaign. Many are eager to see him develop his product -- not just for convenience at home, but perhaps a solution to hunger abroad.

"Once we really turn this into an engineering and logistics problem, we can solve those," Rhinehart said. "I really think that we can get the cost lower and lower and to the point where no one would really have to worry about their supply for food, which would be a massive benefit to humanity."

Rhinehart says because half of all food produced is wasted, adopting Soylent would conserve resources. Although his product is not FDA-approved, all of its ingredients are.

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