Would You Eat Poop If It Was In Your Burger?
Japanese Scientist have developed a burger made from parts of human waste. No kidding. Check out the video on the page.
I Don't Eat Poop Even In the Name of Science, How About You?
You might want to sit down before reading this. Apparently Japanese scientist have actually created an artificial meat from sewage containing human feces. Not what you were expecting to find when you came here, was it? And if you are like me, your first thought is: Why? (Well actually it was my second thought, right after "eeewww, I do not eat poop."
Believe it or not they were commissioned by Tokyo Sewage to find a solution to the overabundance of sewage mud. Scientist (credit is going to Mitsuyuki Ikeda) from the Japan based Okayama Laboratory discovered a high concentration of protein in the waste due to the high levels of bacteria.
So naturally, his first thought was "I know, let's eat poop!" Sorry, I just can't resist a bit of sarcasm sometimes.
In case you are starting to worry about what is on your plate, you don't need to worry yet. This artificial meat is still in the testing and development phase.
And for those who just came to laugh - skip down about half way, and I included a few funny thing which came to mind when I was researching this topic.
Quick, What Were You Expecting?
You Read the Title, You Linked to the Page, What Did You Expect to Find?
Quick, Without Reading On, Would You Eat Synthesized Meat from Human Feces?
What's in the "Burger"?
Do you really eat poop?
- Protiens extracted from sewage mud
- A reaction enhancer
- Red food coloring
- Soy protien as a flavor enhancer
This is combined in such a way as to produce a "steak" which tastes like beef according to the initial research. From a food nutrition perspective, the meat is balanced:
- 63% protien
- 25% carboydrate
- 9% minerals
- 3% lipids
Learn More from the Video:
Is This a Solution to the Global Food Crisis, or Just Totally Gross?
Eeewww, too gross to think about
Really it is a good idea
Advantage of the Artificial Meat
(Once you get past the fact that you must eat poop!)
There actually are a number of environmentally sound reasons for creating a non-animal based meat product:
- A solution to overabundance of sewage in Japan
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions as it lowers our dependency on livestock which release methane into the atmosphere.
- Recycles and reuses
Additional advantages, it is lower calories than animal based meat and it has a similar taste. .
Disagvantages of Sewage Burgers
- Eeeeewwww! Will people ever be able to get past the idea that they have to eat poop? I don't think I could. The number one disadvantage on my list has to be that it is gross.
- Just the thought of it is stomach churning.
Ok, so I think I have established that I don't eat poop.
If You Were Starving, And To Eat Poop Burgers Was Your Only Option, What Would You Do?
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