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Japan is plotting to get the world to eat excrement.  (Source: Tom Six)

Professor Mitsuyuki Ikeda inspects his feces "meat".  (Source: TWO/YouTube)

Fresh "steak" shoots out the exploder.  (Source: TWO/YouTube)

The researchers say the meat is delicious and tastes like beef. It is colored with red food coloring to give it a pleasing tone.  (Source: TWO/YouTube)
Mankind's food chain may become a loop

Mankind has come up with all sorts of ideas for new meat sources from cloned animals to chowing down on insects, but this idea may be the most outlandish yet.

The Tokyo Sewage service in Japan serves over 13 million people over approximately a 2,200 square kilometer area.  It approached Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama Laboratory, with an unusual problem -- it had too much "sewer mud" (also known as human excrement).

It turns out human excrement is a breeding ground for scores of bacteria.  So Mr. Ikeda cooked up an unusual solution -- make food [video] out of the feces.

The first step is to cook the bacteria, killing them, and to extract their proteins via separation techniques according to Yahoo News.  Soy protein is added to enhance the flavor.  The meat mixture travels to a "reaction enhancer" (likely a chemical reactor of some sort) where it turns into a textured "meat" and is then extrude through an "exploder".

The delicious "steak" is even finished with red food color to give it a comforting hue.  Mr. Ikeda claims that in initial testing people found the feces steak to taste somewhat like beef.

Mr. Ikeda is afraid the main obstacle to deploying excrement meat to the masses is the "psychological barrier."  He states, "I admit that few people would be keen to eat it knowing its made of human excrement."

Indeed, the concept of "fake" meat alone is hard for some to swallow.  Taco Bell was recently sued when diners discovered that its beef mixed "fake meat" filers with real meat.

How much would the "meat" cost?  Mr. Ikeda comments, "As far as the cost is concerned, because at the moment it includes the cost of research our artificial meat is 10 to 20 times more expensive than normal meat.  But once the research is complete and it's put on the market, we'll probably be able to price it at roughly the same level as normal meat."

The new "meat" is also healthier than traditional meat as it’s an ideal mix of 63% proteins, 25% carbohydrates, 3% lipids and 9% minerals.  The small fat content, in particular makes the feces steaks healthier than their animal counterpart.

The new meat would also cut down on the greenhouse gas emissions, which traditional livestock produce.  In that regard it could even earn "carbon credits" helping its price to be cheaper than animal-derived meat.

The idea may sound crazy, but consider that Japan is no stranger to fine meat products.  Its Kobe region beef is renowned by connoisseurs worldwide for it's delicious flavor.

And as the band Pink Floyd famously sang, "If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?!"

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By Flunk on 6/17/2011 11:06:04 AM , Rating: 5
Soy protein is added to enhance the flavor

That says it all right there, if soy improves the flavor. I can say with great certainty that i will never eat this, especially not if they price it on par with real meat as they claim. Who would possibly buy it at that price?

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By MrBungle123 on 6/17/2011 11:25:15 AM , Rating: 5
I wonder what they'll brand this stuff...?

Soylent Red perhaps?

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By MrBlastman on 6/17/2011 11:30:38 AM , Rating: 5
... and the ingredients on the side of the package read something like this:

Hydrogenated Soylent Paste, Probiotic Supplements, Soy Protein, Salt, Flavorings, Uric Acid (softening agent), Hydrochloric Acid (scrubbing agent), Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5, Disodium Insonate, Disodium Guanylate.

Hey, at least I don't see any Polysorbate 80.

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By AlvinCool on 6/17/2011 11:56:10 AM , Rating: 5
I believe that would be closer to Soylent Brown.

In fact I believe there was a different movie in the 70's called Kentucky Fried Movie that actually named this specifically as

Brown 25

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By Cypherdude1 on 6/17/2011 1:52:36 PM , Rating: 3
I believe that would be closer to Soylent Brown.
Yes, it would definitely be Soylent Brown.

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By Souka on 6/17/2011 2:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
and definetly not tasty like Soylent Green is...

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By delphinus100 on 6/18/2011 9:44:41 PM , Rating: 3
"Soylent Brown is (from) people...!"

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By Bad-Karma on 6/22/2011 5:18:27 AM , Rating: 2
"Soylent Brown is (from) people...!"

Yeah...Soylent Green is (from) people too. Between the two everyone gets to contribute to the rest of society!

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By MrBungle123 on 6/17/2011 4:37:18 PM , Rating: 2
I was just guessing... It did say this:

The delicious "steak" is even finished with red food color to give it a comforting hue.

Perhaps Soylent Brown will be the "natural" version of the product with no added colors or preservatives.

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By someguy123 on 6/17/2011 9:56:36 PM , Rating: 2
Delicious, organic soylent brown, with no artificial ingredients! Pure bacteria riddled feces!

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By nstott on 6/17/2011 3:05:46 PM , Rating: 2
Or they could make a softer version without red coloring for fake miso. ^^

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By nstott on 6/17/2011 3:34:05 PM , Rating: 3
...or sell "sh!t kabobs" to the Middle East.

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By Capt Caveman on 6/17/2011 11:26:25 AM , Rating: 2
Do you eat Taco Bell? They add soy protein to their beef.

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By InvertMe on 6/17/2011 11:43:35 AM , Rating: 5
Taco Bell doesn't sell "Beef"... just to clarify.

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By HrilL on 6/17/2011 2:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
the beef they do sell is grade "F" It looked kind of greenish.

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By Samus on 6/18/2011 1:08:20 AM , Rating: 2
They can't call it beef because its less than the USDA requirement of "meat" which is 70%+ to be beef and 40%+ to be beef 'product.'

Taco Bell isn't even beef product as it is 30% beef (if I remember correctly.) It is majority grains/oats, with corn, soy, salt and other spices.

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By sadffffff on 6/19/2011 10:54:14 PM , Rating: 3
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By lainofthewired on 6/17/2011 11:48:07 AM , Rating: 2
The Yes Men already examined this didn't go well.

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By TSS on 6/17/2011 12:20:44 PM , Rating: 4
Vegetarians, because their used to eating crap anyway.

(yes i know politically incorrect and quite biased but honestly i couldn't help myself :p)

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By MrBlastman on 6/17/2011 12:23:07 PM , Rating: 5
As I've said before, if they could find a way to legally package Vegetarians as a meat product, it sure would be a tasty treat.

100% Grass Fed, Free Range... Mmmmm...

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By web2dot0 on 6/17/2011 5:25:33 PM , Rating: 1
If you call eating McDonalds and Taco Bell .... "not crap" ....

Vegetarians don't "eat crap". They just need to need more often because it digests faster.

Ask alot of MMA fighters. They are converting to being a vegetarian. If they eat crap, they sure as hell don't look like crap!

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By invidious on 6/17/2011 5:42:41 PM , Rating: 3
Giving up meat and other fatty foods short term to lose weight is not the same as being a vegitarian. There are many other sources of protien that are easier for the body to break down which is why fighers downplay meat while preparing for fights.

Boxers have done the same thing for decades. It has nothing to do with vegetarianism.

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By TSS on 6/18/2011 7:48:40 AM , Rating: 3
I cook for myself 6 days a week eating potatoes, vegitables and proper meat bought from a local supermarket. None of those hamburgers made out of compressed cow either. I even try to avoid eating chicken as i know how bloated and full of water it is. I really enjoy a good pork chop though. And when i say proper i mean a single piece from a single animal who has lived an reasonable life.

I never go to mac donalds, and i live across the street from one. I have gone there when i was younger and my stomach could handle more but the last time i ate a bunch of chicken nuggets there i had a constipated colon for 3 days. If we don't count that i haven't purchased anything at mac donalds in a decade, and will never again. I've never been to taco bell, i've had taco's but they where home made with fresh supermarket bought vegetables.

If i eat french fries (the 7th day i eat easy to make food or take out) i'll go to a local "friettent", a cafe for fast food snacks of sorts. Higher quality, higher quanity for a lower price then mac donalds. I guess the translation would be a "snack bar".

But then again, i'm not american, i'm dutch. We actually have laws that guarrantee good care for the animals being slaughtered, and our inspection committees aren't run by the very people their supposed to keep in check. We've got more then 5 major companies providing all the food (including the "organic" foods!) in the country. Hell we have a political party in parliament (not in the government though) litteraly called "the party for animals". They don't get alot of votes because the greens have made sure animals are already well taken care of, but still enough to expose any wrongdoing by the government.

Hell compared to how life is here i easily dare say that whatever vegetarians eat, it's still better then how Americans eat.

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By nolisi on 6/17/2011 12:44:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pondering new meanings of the phrase "eat $h*t."

Will this mean it's no longer an insult?

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By quiksilvr on 6/17/2011 12:50:30 PM , Rating: 4
What boggles my mind is why don't they just find the bacteria in nature and cook that instead? Why does it have to come from our sh|t?

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By kattanna on 6/17/2011 2:18:16 PM , Rating: 2
if soy improves the flavor

LOL yep. couldnt agree more

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By mikemn on 6/18/2011 3:01:01 AM , Rating: 3
Well I guess no one will be able to ask for a refund on these steaks by saying "Hey these steaks taste like shit." lol

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By W00dmann on 6/18/2011 5:16:30 PM , Rating: 2
Finally, a subject matter worthy of Jason Mick's incredible journalism skills...

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By YashBudini on 6/18/2011 7:23:30 PM , Rating: 2
It's the raters that have really sunk their teeth into this one.

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