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Solving world hunger, one poop at a time...

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Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces

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It's being called the "poop burger". Japanese scientists have found a way to create artificial meat from sewage containing human feces.

Somehow this feels like a Vonnegut plotline: population boom equals food shortage. Solution? Synthesize food from human waste matter. Absurd yes, but Japanese scientists have actually discovered a way to create edible steaks from human feces.

Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama Laboratory, has developed steaks based on proteins from human excrement. Tokyo Sewage approached the scientist because of an overabundance of sewage mud. They asked him to explore the possible uses of the sewage and Ikeda found that the mud contained a great deal of protein because of all the bacteria.

The researchers then extracted those proteins, combined them with a reaction enhancer and put it in an exploder which created the artificial steak. The “meat” is 63% proteins, 25% carbohydrates, 3% lipids and 9% minerals. The researchers color the poop meat red with food coloring and enhance the flavor with soy protein. Initial tests have people saying it even tastes like beef.

Inhabitat notes that “the meatpacking industry causes 18 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions, mostly due to the release of methane from animals.” Livestock also consume huge amounts of resources and space in efforts to feed ourselves as well as the controversy over cruelty to animals. Ikeda’s recycled poop burger would reduce waste and emissions, not to mention obliterating Dante’s circle for gluttons.

The scientists hope to price it the same as actual meat, but at the moment the excrement steaks are ten to twenty times the price they should be thanks to the cost of research. Professor Ikeda understands the psychological barriers that need to be surmounted knowing that your food is made from human feces. They hope that once the research is complete, people will be able to overlook that ugly detail in favor of perks like environmental responsibility, cost and the fact that the meat will have fewer calories.

Waste not; want not.

Video at the link at the top, looks like we've solved world hunger. ;D
 

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So I guess when the Japanese say ふんを食べてください they're politely inviting you to dinner. As opposed to North America, where the more derogatory term means STFU & GTFO.  ;D
 

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I have eaten some pretty sh*tty meals in my time, but this one takes the cake  ;D
 

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RemembranceDay said:
I will not eat it. I wiould starve first... Eating poop... Urgh.
That's assuming you even knew if it was in your meatloaf or chili....  Or so I've heard.
 

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This will become the most popular IMP ever! Even the Ham Omlet pales by comparison.......
 

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Thucydides said:
This will become the most popular IMP ever! Even the Ham Omlet pales by comparison.......

Don't you be dissing the Ham Omlet, that was my favourite. 8)
 

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Thucydides said:
This will become the most popular IMP ever! Even the Ham Omlet pales by comparison.......

I'm glad that after reading the article someone else was thinking the same thing I was.  I wonder what people will say when they hear the newest flavor coming down the pipe is the 'all natural' soy burger?  I also wonder if that counts as a vegetarian meal....
 

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Robert0288 said:
I'm glad that after reading the article someone else was thinking the same thing I was.  I wonder what people will say when they hear the newest flavor coming down the pipe is the 'all natural' soy burger?  I also wonder if that counts as a vegetarian meal....

So does "Soylent Green".....
 
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