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Technology makes it possible for you to eat wood

• Mother Nature
Wood isn't just a building material anymore, not if one Virginia Tech professor has anything to say about it. Percival Zhang got the idea for transforming wood — along with other woody bushes and grasses — into food after growing up in China, where the food supply is a constant concern given the country's large population, reports NPR.
Yes, you read that right: wood. As food. While chomping down on a 2x4 may not sound very appetizing, let alone safe (think of the splinters!), Zhang has a recipe that may change your mind. He has identified a soup of enzymes that can break down the indigestible cellulose from wood and other plant materials and turn it into a carbohydrate called amylose. The resulting product from Zhang's process is a sweet, starchy powder that can be consumed.

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