Ikea imagines the future of fast food — with bugs

March 15, 2018

Kasper Kristoffersen/Space10

By 2050, the planet will be populated by 10 billion people — and we'll likely need a more diverse selection of protein sources.

hobbit/Shutterstock

Space10, a future living lab that collaborates with Ikea, got to thinking about the future of fast food, and developed recipes, some of which include bugs.

Kasper Kristoffersen/Space10

Whether you've embraced insects as food or are still on the fence, you have to admit this bug burger looks pretty tasty.

Kasper Kristoffersen/Space10

Space10's recipe combines parsnip, potatoes, beetroot and mealworms — the larval form of a darkling beetle.

Kasper Kristoffersen/Space10

If you're anti-bug, the Dogless Hotdog may be more your style. Inside the bun: dried and glazed baby carrots, mustard and turmeric cream and a lot more veggies.

Kasper Kristoffersen/Space10

The bun gets its green color from spirulina, a micro-algae that has 40 times more iron than spinach. The whole dish contains more protein than a ballpark frank.

Kasper Kristoffersen/Space10

For dessert 30 years from now, perhaps we'll be savoring the last licks of a vibrant microgreen ice cream.

Kasper Kristoffersen/Space10

This sustainable take calls for hydroponically grown herbs and microgreens, sugar and a mix of natural fruit juices.

Kasper Kristoffersen/Space10

If Space10 has its way, we could be looking at at a tasty future — with bug meatballs and lingonberry sauce at Ikea.

Kasper Kristoffersen/Space10