Japanese Scientist Able to Convert Sewage Into Meat

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A lot of things are said to taste like chicken. Snake, for example, is often said to taste like chicken, although we can tell you from experience that its reptile cousin African crocodile does not taste like chicken, and is extremely tough and chewy. What, therefore, would human excrement taste like?

A Japanese scientist claims to be able to turn poop into a meat substitute. More precisely, he said he says he can turn sewage mud into a meat substitute.

Tokyo Sewage reportedly approached Ikeda to find a solution for a big problem: too much sewage mud. They wanted to know if anything useful could be manufactured from it. In and of itself, as a small island nation, Japan has a huge need to recycled. It's that mentality, drummed into its citizens since birth, that led to refugees from April's earthquake to recycle even while in shelters.

Now, it's led to the country attempting to find a way to re-use sewage mud.

Since Ikeda determined that the sewage mud was protein-rich, he decided to try to turn it into artificial meat. After processing, the meat is 63 percent proteins, 25 percent carbohydrates, 9 percent minerals, and 3 percent lipids.

Ikeda then added soy protein to give the meat flavor and added artificial coloring. According to Ikeda, people who sampled the meat said it tasted like beef.

To be honest, although the thought of it is probably disgusting to many, this sort of reprocessing of waste is the sort of thing that would have to happen on a moonbase, which has been tossed around as an idea by several countries. Japan would appear to have a leg up on other nations with this sort of development, as stomach turning as it might seem.
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FubarJeb replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 12:00 PM

You are what you eat...

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EHarler replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 12:00 PM

Well, I believe these guys got their inspiration from Bear Grylls .

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Inspector replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 12:02 PM

...NASTY, should just keep it quite and not let anyone know. The thought of it makes me throw up. But its an advancement none the less...

I LMFAO when they showed the fridge, *** burger... :P

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omegadraco replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 12:18 PM

This is the same reason why animals will eat each others poop. Wow definitely gross... I could see fast food using this product to save money at some point...

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Manduh replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 12:46 PM

WTF???! That's just effing WRONG! GROSS, I think I just vomited in my mouth, oh sour coffee!

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These guys are a little late, 2 girls and a 1 cup already did this!!! I agree with @omegadraco, dogs eat deer turds all of the time! Now human poop is a whole different story.....some of the gross stuff people ingest(drugs, meds, fast food) comes right back out. I could see animal poo burgers with buffalo chips(ha) but not human poo burgers. Can't they just fertilize crops with this instead?

Now you're just mashing it!

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LBowen replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 1:46 PM

I am a huge fan of Japanese culture. Movies, Animes, and Manga are sometimes just so out there it blows my mind. They don't just push the envelope with crazy ideas they destroy the envelope with acid-spitting meatball ninjas. That being said....WTH Japan?

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rrplay replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 1:53 PM

A cr^#@y spin on Soylent Green ! all natural & organic

some health conscientious folks could save on pro-bio-tics,colon cleansers and such

come to think of it @Drake milorganite been around a while and is a common fertilizer ,which can also be a bit smelly.

for now you can "Hold the pickles, Hold the lettuce,...

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fat78 replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 2:31 PM

I dont see a problem with this. This is just an extraction of nutrients from waste and the bacteria is killed when the meat is cooked so it isnt going to be harmfull. Plus this isnt an expensive the process. In California they are now using their new water purification systems to turn waste water into clean water and sending it back into cities water pipes. As long as this process doesnt pose health risk i think it should be used because with 6 billion people on this planet new waste disposal techniques are needed.

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i'd like a double s*** burger with extra cheese please.

new term for taking a #2 - "dropping a steamy salami"

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"I''m sure their are some hippies and environmentalist who would love to try it out. Plus, if Sewage mud contains a great deal of Proteins, then Protein Shi-t, I mean shakes are the way to go for Bodybuilders. If they are willing to try Steroids, why not this"

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fat78 replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 5:18 PM

Although many protein shakes contain artifical ingredients for flavoring, steroids are not put in protein shakes. Whey protein which is put in protein shakes, is just a by product of cheese curdling and is the same as any other protein but in a more concentrated form to give body builders or any one who wants to gain muscle, the protein they need. Mostly for those who dont want to eat nothing but meat or dont want to eat meat, like vegetarians.

If you are a person who uses protein shakes make sure its 100% whey protein because it is much more effective and poses less health risk .

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FreeJet replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 6:29 PM

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Okay is this even real? I watched the video that went with it and they used the term "turd burger" and then on the refrigerator it had the word "$h!t burger". No real scientist would have the word $h!t on a label.

Now you're just mashing it!

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They are "just mashing it" ... The fish feed on it anyways when it gets ejected into the ocean after being treated.

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Drago replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 7:53 PM

How is this any different than drinking regular tap water in cities? Its just the watery portion of the recycled sewage that they make into tap water, and now you can have a Salisbury steak made of sewage mud.

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Jun 20 2011 9:54 PM

Meh. Although this could turn into the joke of the century.

Guy 1: So how was the beef.

Guy 2: It was good.

Guy 1: Really... Did you know that you were eating sewage?

Guy 2: Really?

Guy 1: Yes, really....

Guy 2: Eeewwwww!!!

 

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I heard it first on HOT HARDWARE! That's pretty cool. I wouldn't mind giving it a try. Food is essentially made up of building blocks of protein, carbs, lipid, and minerals. As long as the final product has been tested to be free of harmful organisms and trace levels of drug metabolites, then it should be fine. Many here probably have heard that drinking water from the tap can contain trace amounts of prescription drugs, which never fully metabolized in the bodies of people, so they are excreted out and flushed down the toilet.

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Kiristo replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 4:50 AM

Snake tastes like a mix of fish and chicken. Poo, not so sure what that tastes like.

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They have already been doing this for years,...Its called Tofu!

they have been feeding it to vegans all this time, that is why they are so Smug and full of ****:P

If you have time, watch this video and you will see how they recycle beer in Europe:P

http://www.vimeo.com/21148965

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A couple concerns:

1) How are they going to prevent the "meat" from having traces of medications, etc. that the previous persons have eaten?

2) I can easily imagine someone at one of the recycling facilities getting lazy or rushed and not cooking the stuff properly. Ugh!

3) I seriously hope that they can't sneak this into our diet without us being aware of it. If I find out they are sometime, I'm never eating fast food again!

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jonation replied on Wed, Jun 22 2011 1:30 PM

who honestly looked at all that sh!t and said: "you know what- I bet we could eat that."

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detnight replied on Thu, Jun 23 2011 8:25 AM

wow a new food source for taco meat at  T*** B***.........new meaning to the You are what you eat.

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slugbug replied on Thu, Jun 23 2011 8:17 PM

This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "brown bagging it".

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