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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

What Will Japan Think Up Next?

 (Post orginally published June 17, 2011)

Recently, Chinese scientists have developed genetically modified cows that produce human breast milk for babies, but now, recycling has descended to a whole new level...a Japanese scientist has figured out how to modify our human waste into edible, delectable steak burgers.

(Image: Don' worry folks! This is a real cow steak, the way a steak should be.)

On a “You Don't Want to But Need to Know” basis, here is the Yahoo News article. I discovered it through a friend on Facebook, I nearly dropped off my chair: 

“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.”

Yahoo News, "Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces"


Yes, you read that correctly—poop into meat products, and to think, we used to look down on Spam, America's most misunderstood meat.

Well now my Cyber friends, where does this leave us? What has happened to food regulations?

It is obvious we will have to pay very close attention to everything we buy in cans that suggest meat products in the ingredients, not to mention anything that's dehydrated, ground up, and especially, anything shipped from Japan!

Be extra careful those who plan to visit the Land of the Rising Sun, how would you like to sit down to medium rare Poopie Sirloin and Shitake mushrooms? Can you picture the sewage plants opening up “meat” stalls as an alternative to the butcher counter?

I thought I had heard and seen everything, but now I realize, I may still have a long road to travel. Who knows what they will come up with tomorrow, every day is becoming a trip down Bizarre Boulevard.

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