Solyent Green

Soylent Green Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson

The year is 2022. Natural foods like fruits and vegetables and meat are extinct to the masses. Parks and nature preserves are preserved on video only. The Earth is overpopulated and New York City is crowded with over 40 million starving-poverty-stricken people. And the Solyent Company feeds over half the world with little green wafers called Solyent Green. (Where is Spam when you need it? )

The movie does not tell us how the Earth got to this place. Perhaps it started with oil spills or dumping wastes in the oceans, or underground testing and demonstrations of atomic weapons. Perhaps we fell in love with meat byproducts and eventually forgot what meat was.  Maybe water on Earth began to evaporate as we saturated our kidneys with colas and sports drinks. Or maybe it started with carefully planned regime changes after weapons of mass destruction could not be found. It certainly did not happen over night as the world in 2022 seems contented with the way things are, as if this is the way it was meant to be and always was.

During the investigation of the murder of an executive of the Solyent Company detective Thorn (Charlton Heston), assisted by his personal book, Sol Roth (Edgar G. Robinson) discovers that the tasteless green wafer that everyone is eating is . .  us, processed after death to a less than tasty treat.

Solyent Green came out in 1973 and included some of the most popular stars of the age; Charlton Heston, Edgar G. Robinson, Chuck Connors, Brock Peters, Leigh Taylor Young. It was science fiction and not a portent of things to come; our science and technology and human compassion too great to usher in such a disastrous time. It could never happen! And here we are in 2010 with just 12 years to prove that it never could.

Solyent Green is available from libraries and Netflix.   


Revelation 22:12-13 (KJV) And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. {13} I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.