I'm new to this forum, found it via google "People Chow". I know it is an old topic, but I have had this idea for some time myself. I do think a great product could be developed (but why involve the government?!). It is such a great idea that private enterprise should be able to develop and sell this product with great success world wide. I think some of the recently developed protein bars are trying to get there. But this would be a completely healthy, tasty food that provides all the components that nutrition scientists identify as needed for a healthy human diet (assuming this is possible, which I think it is), and which has a reasonable shelf life not requiring refrigeration or cooking. Ideally there could be different "flavors" and as with pet foods, there probably would be an ingredient that makes it especially palatable. Correct serving size information would be provided.
Here is a list of potential uses in addition to the food stamp idea and others already mentioned:
- quick lunch or snack at work
- any meal when you don't have time to prepare something
- way better than any breakfast cereal on the market
- perfect diet food for weight control
- hiking/camping food
- emergency food when disasters strike
- the only food served in prisons
You could use Lara Bars, saurkraut or pemmican and all would work but they're completely different and would likely appeal to different people. If you have n nutritional experts, you will have n different opinions as to what constitutes a "healthy human diet ". The criteria "a reasonable shelf life not requiring refrigeration or cooking" eliminates almost all other healthy food.