Monday, June 27, 2011

Japanese scientist makes good on Yes Men meme: synthesizing meat from human feces



A Japanese scientist has reportedly discovered a way to create edible steaks based on proteins from human excrement. Tokyo Sewage approached Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama Laboratory, to explore possible uses for their overabundance of sewage mud. Ikeda found that bacteria in the mud had produced a great deal of protein.



The laboratory extracted those proteins, combined them with a reaction enhancer and put the mixture in an exploder which created the artificial steak. The “meat” is 63% proteins, 25% carbohydrates, 3% lipids and 9% minerals. The final product is colored red and its flavor enhanced with soy protein. Initial tests have people indicating it tastes like beef.

Scientists hope to price their synthetic the same as actual meat, but at the moment the excrement steaks are ten to twenty times more expensive due to the cost of research.

Apparently this is NOT a hoax, like the Yes Men's infamous Post Consumer Waste Recycling Program segment from their first film.


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