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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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RE: Yeah...
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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