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Could These Edible Drones Help End World Hunger?

The company says that the drone’s shell can also be used for shelter or fuel

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The company says that one of the most important benefits of the drone is its accuracy.

Last month, scientists announced that superfood quinoa could help solve world hunger, but tech company Windhorse Aerospace has other foods in mind. The company is using honey, compressed vegetables, and salami to create an edible drone, Pouncer, to aid those in need around the world.

According to the company website, Windhorse developed an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to be filled with food and independently flown to a landing zone, which the company says will help save time, money, and lives.

The company says that one of the most important benefits of the drone is its accuracy, which is around 23 feet from the pre-planned landing destination.

The prototype of the drone will be tested in Britain this April and the company plans to launch the product in places such as Somalia and Yemen by the end of the year, Munchies reported.

While the company has set its sights on the goal to bring humanitarian aid around the world, Kevin Watkins, chief executive of Save the Children, told the Financial Times of his skepticism of the idea that technology can resolve hunger.

However, Windhorse employee Rob Forrester told Munchies that the drone was designed to provide “short-term disaster relief into hard to reach areas.”


“In these scenarios, we have been told the opposite—this is exactly what is needed right now," he wrote.