Soylent Green is a fictional food product depicted in the 1973 science fiction movie of the same name, directed by Richard Fleischer. The film is set in a dystopian future in the year 2022 (remember, it’s fictional and beyond our current date) where overpopulation, pollution, and depletion of natural resources have led to severe environmental and societal collapse.
In this future world, the majority of the population survives on rations provided by the government, with one of the primary food sources being a green wafer-like substance called “Soylent Green.” The film revolves around a detective investigating the murder of a wealthy man, and during his investigation, he discovers a disturbing secret about Soylent Green.
[Spoiler Alert] Towards the end of the film, it is revealed that Soylent Green is made from processed human remains, i.e., it’s made from people who have died or were euthanized, which serves as a shocking and unsettling plot twist.
The movie “Soylent Green” is remembered for its portrayal of a grim and disturbing future, and the phrase “Soylent Green is people!” has become an iconic pop culture reference. However, it is essential to remember that Soylent Green is purely a fictional creation and not a real food product, or is it?