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Food Delivered in Underground Tubes

Considering the pollution and congestion on our roads, could it be time for the return of pneumatic tubes for deliveries? A British project called Foodtubes proposed that a network of high-speed pipelines be built underneath the United Kingdom to deliver food shipments from source to city.
The food would sail along in small capsules at upwards of 60 miles per hour. As many as 900,000 capsules could be in circulation in the nearly 2,000 miles of air pressure pipe, all of which would be controlled by smart grids that would keep food from crashing into each other. To give some semblance of order, the capsules would generally be organized into little trains of about 300 linked capsules, each spaced about a meter apart.

Now, this idea might seem a little nutty - I'll admit it seems rather fanciful. But the people behind Foodtubes point out the UK transports 180 times more water than food everyday, and all of that is done using pipelines with minimal pollution and no traffic jams.

Up to 200,000 food-carrying trucks could be taken off British roads, which would save 40 million tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

Link -Thanks, Marilyn Terrell!

The note about 180 times more water being transported daily is a red herring. Water is, um, a fluid and thus easily transmitted through pipes without having to worry about "crashes" or "traffic jams". Unless the Brits plan to take the final step in their crusade against palatable cuisine and liquify all of their foodstuffs. In which case this underground tube plan becomes genius!
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"Wouldn't that also result in 200,000 people without jobs?"

Exactly... plus all the support personnel for the trucking industry (mechanics, fuel providers, etc.). It's an intriguing idea for sure, but the human cost seems much too high for it to be practical.
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On second thought, however, the support industry for the new technology would create new jobs such as the manufacture, installation, maintenance and repair of the tubes and their accompanying machinery, hydraulics, robotics, software, etc. to keep the system running. The people coordinating, loading and unloading the shipments would likely remain, only having to adjust to new types of cargo containers, scheduling and the like... until the robot overlords take over, that is.
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I suspect something like this has been in place for some time in the States- why else does the Chinese take-out place in Atlanta taste pretty much the same as the one in Syracuse, or wherever? Perhaps they're all just getting their food in little pneumatic tubes from one central facility.
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Destroy, create jobs, whatever. Isn't it true that in a free market, changing the way business is done will always result in refactoring of work positions? If old ways of doing things aren't supplanted by better, more efficient ways simply because of "jobs destruction," then we'd still have horse drawn buggies and buggy whips. It's rather absurd to think that anyone owes those peoples those jobs, or that people working in the shipping industry are completely incapable of finding new work.
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seriously, the "human cost"?
i think if you would ask several millions of people in regions affected by the consequences of global warming - and 40 million tons of carbon dioxide is quite a respectable number in that respect - they would prefer "being alive" to "being unemployed" any time.
and nobody said anything about the food having to be liquid. transport-capsules would hold anything from apples to zucchini, and 60mph would not harm it anymore than a truck-drive.
i am sure at some point in time people considered "water out of the kitchen wall via pipes" an unusual idea, gas-pipelines for your heating were downright crazy, and electricity and internet - don't even get me started on how crazy THAT is.
why stop at food-transportation? all kinds of goods could be transported in much more efficient ways than trucks.
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the robot overlords don't need to transport food at all. Unless they eat humans, of course. And they can do THAT above ground.
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