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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 The Raven on 6/17/2011 12:18:02 PM , Rating: 1
And as the band Pink Floyd famously sang, "You can't have you're pudding if you don't eat your meat! How can you have your pudding, if you don't eat your meat!?"

+6 but this wasn't from "The Dark Side of the Moon"


RE: Floyd
By silverblue on 6/17/2011 1:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2, from The Wall (1979). I hate to be anal (pun excepted), but it wasn't exactly sung, either. ;)

"Hey! You... yes, you. Stand still, laddie!"
(one thing to do before you die... shout that from a helicopter using a megaphone.)

As to the subject matter, it doesn't quite sit with me. I suppose if we, as a species, got so hard up that we had to think radically about how to feed our entire population, I can see things like this happening. With 7 billion people and an inevitable increase in sight, we can't keep producing waste forever without a meaningful way to recycle it. This may not be that way, but we are, if anything, creative.

RE: Floyd
By The Raven on 6/17/2011 5:08:02 PM , Rating: 2
Now I'm getting anal...
Technically it was at the end of "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" if I recall correctly.

Also, I think you missed my humor, where I meant "Moon" as in a "mooning." And I said it WASN'T on TDSotM.

Back on topic... I do like how we are finding ways to use waste like this and other ideas (e.g. hybrid tech in cars).
And though this idea sounds crappy, if you think about where we get all of our other food... how the sausage is made and the fudge is packed... none of us would ever want to eat again anyway lol. I mean especially the germaphobes out there who don't realize what is unseen in their food.

RE: Floyd
By mindless1 on 6/17/2011 11:56:44 PM , Rating: 2
Actually we have not only a meaningful way to recycle it, we have a way that would decrease environmental damage and it's a pretty basic time tested, obvious solution.

Use the feces as manure to grow food crops. Put the minerals back into the soil so they become part of the cycle again.

While there is no way I'd want to eat a poop burger, I don't think I'd mind as much whether the corn grown to feed cattle or legumes to feed people, was grown in human poop or animal poop.

RE: Floyd
By Revlemmon on 6/18/2011 1:18:02 AM , Rating: 2
It would have to be properly composted first to hopefully remove all the infections organisms that live in human/animal crap. If not the world could see a whole new kind of flooding.

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