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Japanese Scientist Creates Meat Substitute From Sewage

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the I'm-going-to-need-another-slice-of-cheese dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Hold on to your hamburgers — Japanese scientist Mitsyuki Ikeda at the Environmental Assessment Center in Okayama has invented an artificial meat substitute made from human feces. The unseemly meal is made by extracting protein and lipids from 'sewage mud.' The lipids are then combined with a reaction enhancer and whipped into 'meat' in an exploder. Ikeda makes the 'meat' more palatable by adding things like soy protein."

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Mmmm (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456410)

Hey, is that corn?!

Re:Mmmm (2, Informative)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456520)

Doubleplusgood this. Did you know I don't think there's a single piece of meat in this stew? Looks like meat. Tastes like meat. Isn't meat at all. Doubleplusgood!

— George Orwell, 1984.

Re:Mmmm (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456578)

Look at the 'Fridge shot: It says "Shit Burger".

Re:Mmmm (3, Funny)

lewoot (1636471) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457030)

I wonder if consuming cayenne pepper beforehand will give the product a southwestern flair. Or if like... eating ginger and lemongrass will give it a pan-Asian spin. etc.

Re:Mmmm (1)

JDeane (1402533) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457130)

So you have been to City Sushi? Heheheh oh this is bad...

Already being done (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36457058)

I believe they call it "hot dog".

um... (2)

enderjsv (1128541) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456414)

Disgusting. I'd rather eat soylent green.

Re:um... (5, Funny)

msauve (701917) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456482)

Well, this is simply soylent brown.

Re:um... (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456936)

Damn, you beat me to that joke... It was the first thing on my mind after reading the title...

Re:um... (-1)

morari (1080535) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456888)

It's not all that much more disgusting than fast food as is.

Re:um... (3, Insightful)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456930)

"Disgusting. I'd rather eat soylent green."

With this technology you can eat soylent green. Again, and again, and again.

"soylent green is people" (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456422)

suddenly sounds reassuring

i'd rather be a cannibal than a shit eater

although we do have the basis of a plot here for "human centipede 3"

Re:"soylent green is people" (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456458)

Soylent Brown is Poop-le!

Sorry, it was too easy.

Re:"soylent green is people" (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456706)

Ghawd i wish the whole human centipede meme would just go away. I thought nothing could be worse than tub girl or goatse, but in the end you know those two were complicit in their depravity, while the hc is torture on top of being hors-categorie sick, and the fact that it's fictional makes it none better. Flesh crawling now.

Re:"soylent green is people" (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456970)

hey!

you forgot two girls one cup!

or at least you had... and now you can NEVER FORGET IT

you can thank me now

Re:"soylent green is people" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456822)

I see your "soylent green is people"-meme and raise with a "do not want".

Re:"soylent green is people" (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457050)

"i'd rather be a cannibal than a shit eater."

The two, it is worth mentioning, aren't mutually exclusive.

Shit steak... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456424)

Is it easier to digest the second time and will there be a beverage made from urine?

First thought about this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456430)

Soylent Green is People

Artificial meat (1)

Troke (1612099) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456438)

It's called a dildo.

Harro, Shitty Wok (3, Funny)

jnpcl (1929302) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456442)

Try dericious shitty meat!

Re:Harro, Shitty Wok (2, Funny)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456698)

That's Lacist!

That will go good with... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456444)

...the vegetables they are trying to pass off as Organic, grown on "bio solid", filled with toxic levels of lead and heavy metals that they are serving to kids in LA, and that all the celebs are raving about!

captcha: populous - as in, we won't have a healthy populous if we keep this crap up. Pardon the pun.

Please, accept this humble request. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456446)

Politely, I invite Ikeda to die.

Re:Please, accept this humble request. (1)

dawning (1532689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456486)

So say we all?

someone will eat it (4, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456496)

We're always seeing people eating strange things, whether it be fish that may or may not be lethal, to tasties like cow brains and pig testicles, this will be no different. There will be some that will eat it. If nothing else, ship it to people that would much prefer turdburgers to starvation. But the start will probably just be people eating it for the shock/novelty value.

The scientist says his goal is to make it the same price as regular meat... I think they're going to have to go a little better than that, make it cheaper. If you can drop the cost per calorie/nutrient down to at least that of say, grain, it'd be an ideal foodsource for places that need food relief. Right now they don't see meat because of cost - grain is still their cheapest alternative. This would be a lot higher in protein, so if they could at least match the cost, that'd be a hit.

Re:someone will eat it (2)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456828)

If this can be made palatable I suspect there will be some interest at NASA. For any kind of long duration missions this would make for a pretty handy food stuff supplement much like how they're now recycling urine.

Re:someone will eat it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36457060)

If you ever eat at a fast food chain, or prepared meals (tv dinners etc.), and this stuff becomes cheap, you will be eating it without even knowing it.

A popular red dye that is FDA approved is just ground up whole insects. Another FDA approved red dye comes from coal tar (the crap left over after burning coal). This sounds similarly appetizing. Those who eat the above crap, without knowing it, will be the same who feast on real crap in the future.

Or, it will be turned into a safer form of livestock feed (French already feed their livestock human sewage).

Bon appetit.

Re:someone will eat it (1)

TomHeal (2261306) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457122)

This may be good news for some people if it were true. Unfortunately I can't find any references to original material on the subject. Until someone can provide an article that has more details than hearsay blogs I'm calling this a prank.

Re:someone will eat it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36457162)

There are no places that need food relief, there are places that need population and relief.

Let them eat cake 2.0 (1)

Citizen of Earth (569446) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456502)

Eat shit and don't die!

Perfect! (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456508)

This looks perfect for a Japanese gameshow.

Why (1)

jcoy42 (412359) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456532)

Why does he need a pointer with a plastic hand to point at something clearly within his reach?

Re:Why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456588)

What, would you prefer he use a plastic foot?!!?

Re:Why (1)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456710)

first clue that it's so fucked up: he won't even touch laminated charts talking about shit burgers with his own bare flesh.

Another option (3, Insightful)

dawning (1532689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456536)

Another solution to the global food crisis is to stop having massive freakin steaming piles of babies. (*Gives various religious doctrines a condemning glare*).. Further developing the pwned world would probably go a long way too.. If everyone can afford an xbox, they'll be too busy getting killed playing Halo to go reproduce. AHh, forget it, let's just chow down on some shit-jerky and "go to town"..

Re:Another option (1)

OnePumpChump (1560417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456618)

What we need is another WAR! If people are too busy getting killed for real, they'll be to busy to reproduce, OR eat!

Re:Another option (1)

JordanL (886154) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456672)

Most of the "religious" world doesn't have a problem with reproduction. It's places like Ethiopia, India, etc. that do, and I'm assuming you didn't mean them by "religious", as their predominant religious doctrines don't particularly support this sort of thing.

Re:Another option (1)

dawning (1532689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456804)

Actually, I'm mostly ripping on the Catholic church for their (fucking) moronic opinion/claim that contraceptions impede gods will... It's (mother?)fucking god, (s)he/it can pull whatever god-damned strings (s)he/it likes.. Crusading through Africa and South America, then throwing down that rule is like the most Nazi thing since no flash support on the iPhone. Or so I'm presently inclined to post on this here message board.

Re:Another option (2)

Dracos (107777) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456860)

All the places to which Spain and Portugal brought the Catholic dogma against contraception certainly do have a reproduction problem, although they can't see it that way.

Re:Another option (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457006)

There is no crisis. People who breed unwisely will be dealt with by events. That isn't a problem for the human race, just the losers.

Re:Another option (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36457056)

Another solution to the global food crisis is to stop having massive freakin steaming piles of babies.

Why ever? Babies are meat too!

Re:Another option (3, Insightful)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457106)

Another solution to the global food crisis is to stop having massive freakin steaming piles of babies.

Or, just a modest proposal here, have more babies.

uh...what's the big deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456546)

Taco bell did this years ago.

Re:uh...what's the big deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456906)

Perhaps this scientist figured out how to remove the shit taste.

Remember the yes-men? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456552)

They had the idea already: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RRDLzxFXjY
Happy some real scientifics picked the idea up.

Breath Mints Win! (4, Funny)

dawning (1532689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456558)

The breath mint industry probably paid for this research.

Re:Breath Mints Win! (1)

drew_92123 (213321) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456650)

Mints or not, bet your breath still smells like shit after eating one! ;-)

Re:Breath Mints Win! (1)

dawning (1532689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456702)

Especially if the "breath mints" are "derived from" rabbit turds.

viva la coprophilia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456562)

As if we weren't already eating feces...

Choices, choices (3, Insightful)

Iron Chef Unix (582472) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456568)

From the video: "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." Hmm, should I buy the ribeye or the extruded soy-supplemented feces meat? At the same price, the choice is so difficult....

Re:Choices, choices (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456714)

Its the same price? Shouldn't it be cheaper?

The Yes men proposed this years ago ! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456576)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP_nNemsNT8
They even suggested a pipe line between the US and developping countries, to convey the "food".
They only thing they failed to predict was the state of the US economy, which may require to operate the pipeline in reverse.

This is a huge deal for space travel (5, Insightful)

Tropico (1855650) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456590)

Recycling nutrients for space travel is essential. Astronauts already drink water that is extracting from human urine. Extracting proteins and lipids from human waste could be just as important.

Re:This is a huge deal for space travel (1)

OnePumpChump (1560417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456634)

Beat me to it. This is the obvious benefit. I doubt it will ever be the marketing coup that "astronaut ice cream" was, though.

Re:This is a huge deal for space travel (2)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457120)

Beat me to it. This is the obvious benefit. I doubt it will ever be the marketing coup that "astronaut ice cream" was, though.

This could be "astronaut soft serve"

Re:This is a huge deal for space travel (1)

dawning (1532689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456636)

I'm keen to travel in space, but I won't go if I can't bring a space-farm-ranch along with me... Run by slightly murderous robots, of course.

Woo (1)

Nukedoom (1776114) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456598)

PETA can finally have their meat.

Only in Japan (2)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456612)

Once I think I've gotten used to the weirdness that comes out of Japan -- they go and top themselves.
I suppose they'll be coming out with Tentacle and Used Panty flavored Shit-Meat® in short order

Re:Only in Japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36457062)

Tentacle and used panty would be pretty damn tasty tbh. Shit meat on the other hand.. yeah I'll pass on the rancid protein thanks.

Disturbing (1)

blizter (1242428) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456656)

That finger pointer is disturbing!

Re:Disturbing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36457064)

[Prof. Farnsworth voice]

Nonsense! It's my latest invention, the finglonger!

I call bullshit... (2)

mswhippingboy (754599) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456658)

I don't buy it (and believe me I won't!).
There are lots of strange things that can be made edible (snails, bugs, pond-scum, dogs, cats, etc).
Why choose what is probably the most disgusting choice, excrement? And if you have to choose excrement, why does it have to be "human" excrement?

TFA even shows the scientist with a bag labelled "shit burgers"! This sounds totally like an attempt at simply getting some hits on You Tube.

Re:I call bullshit... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456986)

It's just made from the chemical in it. That is all. DO you know what happens to treated waste now?
Here the sewage is filtered, the water is purified and sent into the river, and the crap is treated and then slung iout into crop fields, where plant bring up the chemicals and turn them into taste food.

This is the same thing, just don'e better and faster.

This could be a valuable tool for space flight.

Rule 34 (1)

dawning (1532689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456664)

It was inevitable. (*sheds a tear*)

Soylent Green is ... feces? (1)

hedronist (233240) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456676)

Wow, that's not the movie I saw. I could see eating people, but shit? Nah, this sequel will never work.

Re:Soylent Green is ... feces? (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456994)

From Logan's Run:
Box: "Fish, and plankton, and sea greens, and protein from the sea. It's all here. Ready! Fresh as harvest day!"

Of course, protein was the only accurate part of that statement. It still got the job done, as would refined shit paste (TM Taco Bell), it's just a matter of which fiction you prefer to cover up the gory details of the food supply. A tour of a meat processing plant would be gruesome as well.

Shit Burger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456678)

At least they have no qualms about what it actually is.

@1:33 in the video, the label on the fridge says 'Shit Burger'
That is certainly going to help people get over the mentioned 'psychological problem' of eating the stuff.

EAT RECYCLED FOOD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456682)

Be kind and peaceful to each other. Eat recycled food. It's good for the environment and okay for you.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113492/quotes

The Peasants have no food? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456694)

Then let them eat shit.

I can't wait for the corporate McShit burger that some board of CEO's takes 99 cents of every dollar purchased into their own pockets.

You got trolled (5, Interesting)

freefrag (728150) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456696)

Googling the researcher's name and his institution only brings up this story. Looks like you someone successfully trolled slashdot.

Re:You got trolled (2)

carlzum (832868) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456954)

Mitsuyuki Ikeda is referenced in countless articles and papers about education and sustainability organizations. The organization and project seem consistent with his other work. I'd like to believe it's not true, but it's really not a hoax.

The possibilities are fantastic (1)

Vainglorious Coward (267452) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456704)

So now with a bit of infrastructure investment, MacDonalds can hook their kitchens up to their bathrooms and voila : a perpetual motion machine.

Re:The possibilities are fantastic (2)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456830)

No not really, they still need electricity to run the processes, there is no such thing as a free lunch, even if you eat your own shit.

Big deal... (2)

Trailer Park Boy (825146) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456722)

McDonalds has been doing this for years.

No. (1)

ruiner13 (527499) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456736)

Just no. If it comes down to me eating my own shit (reprocessed or not) or death... well, it would be a tough decision.

Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456760)

The WTO experimented with the McDung, Re-burger, and File-O-Feces sandwiches years ago!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379593/

odd I thought that existed... (0)

tecker (793737) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456762)

Odd, I could have sworn there was something like this already...... AH! Right. "Tofu."

So nasty sounding, I threw up a little in my mouth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456766)

Only in Japan..for real.

No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456784)

Just say no. NO!

So who did they pressure into testing it? (3, Insightful)

bmo (77928) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456798)

This reminds me so much of elementary school recess.

"I'll give you my snack if you eat a bug, Timmy"
"No, I don't want to"
"What are you a wuss? It's just a bug"
(kids start chanting)
"Eat a bug!"
"Eat a bug!"
"EAT A BUG!"

Timmy eats the bug.

Timmy is still known as "that kid that ate the bug" at the 50'th anniversary high school reunion.

--
BMO

Re:So who did they pressure into testing it? (1)

dawning (1532689) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456836)

I'm sorry to hear that Timmy. Maybe next time you'll know to ninja-kick all the other kids to the ground and make them eat soiled underpants.

Old (or fake) News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456820)

This was posted in 2009
http://www.greenkampong.com/food/scientists-makes-meat-from-poo/
and it says in the article that he invented this in 1993.

Still, proabably a fake.

What if (1)

fractalspace (1241106) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456854)

What if the 'feces producer' was a vegetarian ?

Urban saying acquires new meaning (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456866)

Now that's the SHIT!

Yes men (1)

ornel (810244) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456882)

The Yes Men [youtube.com] beat them to it already

wait what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456884)

Still looks like shit.

Vegans! (1)

ue85 (1961968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456896)

Even at 10x the price of regular meat it is the ONLY meat, aside from human placenta, vegans could eat. That in itself could be a market, even if it is a terrible one.

Dear Schlosser (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456922)

There's meat in the shit!

If you don't like it... (1)

SMoynihan (1647997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456926)

If you try it and don't like it, you can always say "that burger was shit!" :-P

Now just apply the inverse function (2)

smoothnorman (1670542) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456934)

It was some years ago now, but i want everyone to know that i (*me*) devised a method for the reverse process. I'm still seeking my patent on the methodology.

Soylent Brown (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36456960)

I have to run and trademark that... :)

SOS (1)

todrules (882424) | more than 3 years ago | (#36456978)

I guess if you put it on toast, it really will be Shit on a Shingle.

Cuttlefish & Broccoli or Vanilla Paste (1)

Ranger (1783) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457004)

Introducing the HUMANCENTiPad2.

Just another fine Sukuuvesta product! (1)

arcsimm (1084173) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457066)

As anybody who's an old hand at EVE probably realized: This stuff is Protein Delicacies!

neato (1)

Thraxy (1782662) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457078)

Why stop there? We could be feasting on the shit of all creatures on earth! Mmm endangered tiger poo.

SOYLENT BROWN IS MADE OF (1)

cfalcon (779563) | more than 3 years ago | (#36457096)

Soylent brown is made of... eww...

This meat can't be beat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36457104)

But the Slashdot crowd will continue doing just that.

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