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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 Nutzo on 6/17/2011 11:43:06 AM , Rating: 2
Taco Bell was recently sued when diners discovered that its beef was virtually vegetarian and had almost no real meat in it.

Do some research, even the lawsuit didn't say it had almost no beef, only that it wasn't 100% beef.

The group that filed the lawsuit ended up pulling it since they where factually wrong.

RE: Wrong
By InvertMe on 6/17/11, Rating: 0
RE: Wrong
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/17/2011 1:00:11 PM , Rating: 2
Our recipe consists of 88% Premium Beef and 12% Signature Recipe

My god, you people need to learn to research and read....

RE: Wrong
By Motoman on 6/17/2011 1:23:14 PM , Rating: 2
It was demonstrated to be 100% ground beef plus the spices/sauce stuff. The end result, the filling that goes in the taco, being 88% beef and 12% spice/whatever.

Which is exactly the same as if you made tacos at home with a packet of taco seasoning from the store.

And that is why the morons that filed the suit dropped it.

RE: Wrong
By snakeInTheGrass on 6/17/2011 3:48:55 PM , Rating: 1
It's OK, it wasn't diners who 'discovered' it, it was lawyers who made it up. I make meatloaf with some oats or bread crumbs - no way is that beef either! On the other hand, it's a JM blog post so... enough with the facts already.

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