Paranoia about shady corporations and government collusion goes way back. In the 1973 sci-fi classic "Soylent Green," overpopulation and environmental pollution has left much of the U.S. citizenry dependent on processed food rations. The benevolent Soylent Corporation, working with federal authorities, helpfully provides wafers of a protein-rich food substitute, purportedly made from ocean plankton.
All, however, is not as it seems. The film's most famous quote ("Soylent Green is people!") tells the rest of the story. The movie unspools as a kind of wigged-out crime procedural, with the Soylent Corporation as one of Hollywood's most distasteful corporate villains.
Here comes the upshot: Since May of last year, the California-based company Rosa Labs has been selling its Soylent brand meal-replacement drinks to customers in the United States and Canada. Classified as a food by the FDA, rather than a supplement, Soylent's recipe is also top-secret, but Rosa Labs assures us it's made without any meat, dairy or gluten.