IKEA Is Developing Food Made From Bugs, Algae, And Lab Grown Meat

Fast food of the future might be made from bugs. IKEA is developing food made from alternative ingredients like algae, bugs and lab-grown meat to prepare for how we might eat in the future.

Their “Dogless Hot Dog’s” bun is made from a type of algae called spirulina, which contains even more beta carotene than carrots, more chlorophyll than wheatgrass and 50 times more iron than spinach. The hot dog itself has no meat and is made from vegetables instead.

“The Bug Burger” is made out of mealworms instead of beef (along with beetroot, parsnip and potatoes) to get people to think about eating meat less and try out alternative proteins.

“The Neatball” is a different take on IKEA’s iconic meatballs. It comes in two versions: one made with mealworms and the other from root vegetables like carrot, parsnips and beets. Other products include salad that might be grown in-store, and ice cream made from microgreens. These products are still being tested be IKEA’s lab, so it’s not available on the menu just yet. But it shows the kind of food we could be eating one day. IKEA is best known for furniture but 30% of its customers come to the stores just for the food.