What are the applications for such a material? According to the Guardian, “So far, Dr Edwards and his team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have created a tomato membrane containing gazpacho soup, an orange membrane filled with orange juice that can be sipped through a straw, a grape-like membrane holding wine and a chocolate membrane containing hot chocolate.”
Of course, more than a few people have pointed out some of the problems inherent to edible packaging; namely that the point of packaging is to keep germs and grime off food. If the packaging itself is handled by all sorts of people and subject to the dust and dirt of storage, nobody is going to want to ingest that. But what about all the packaging that’s inside other packaging? (Think gum wrappers, individual servings of chips and snacks that come inside a larger bag, cereal, which is usually packaged inside a box, or beverage containers that are often wrapped in a thin layer of plastic—the list goes on once you really start to think about it).