It sounds like science fiction, but Johns Hopkins scientists are making food from air. "But what if we had a technology that allowed us to produce food locally, rapidly, and on demand so that we can alleviate some of the logistical burdens of getting food to people?" The ChallengeModern food production processes require a lot of time, resources, and energy, Timm says. "We don't want to feed people microbe sludge; we want to have it be a delicious, palatable food. "It's a complex project, but we have the team and the vision to be able to get there," Timm says.