Is the price of meat getting too high for your family’s food budget? If you’re old enough, you’ll remember “101 Ways to Cook Hamburger.” Hamburger casseroles were how families economized in the 1950s.
Times have changed. It’s tofu burgers to economize. Perhaps bean burgers. Everything is coming up daisies (in a pile of manure) for an enterprising scientist from Japan. I’ll say this much, this new food makes GMOs and hormone/antibiotic-laden beef look appetizing.
When Life Gives You Lemons (or a movement)
Seems that Tokyo has an overabundance of sewage mud. So what’s the logical solution? Synthesize food from human waste matter (that’s poop)! Bizarre yes, but these scientists actually discovered a way to create edible steaks from human feces.
The new meat is being called the “Poop Burger.” Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama has found a way to create artificial meat from sewage containing human feces. (I want to know who was the taste-tester. Num, num, num…this needs just a dash more salt.)
The processed new meat pictured in the background kinda looks like cow patties, don’t you think?
The artificial meat is made of 63 percent protein extracted from the poop mud, 25 percent carbohydrates, 3 percent lipids and 9 percent minerals. The flavor is enhanced with soy protein. (Who knew you could enhance the flavor of poop?)
One Unfortunate Problem
I know you’re salivating, but researchers say there is a very large barrier even though they use artificial food colors to make the “meat” appear red. No kidding, can you guess what that might be? Perhaps people don’t like the idea of eating…their poop!
The scientists hope to eventually price the new “excrement meat” the same as actual beef. Presently, the excrement steaks are ten to twenty times the price they should be when the cost of research is factored in. Once the research is paid for, hey, the price of poop burgers could be competitive.
In my estimation, there is another potential meat product that is worse. In the Sci-Fi movie Soylent Green scientists come up with a food to feed the over-populated masses in 2022. I’ll just say that 101 Ways to Cook Hamburger is passe and having your neighbor for dinner is not.
Eternally optimistic, Professor Ikeda hopes once the research is complete, people will be able to overlook the ugly detail (of eating FECES) in favor of perks like cost and the fact that the meat will have fewer calories. Perhaps Ikeda should consider renaming his new food to something more appetizing than Poop Burgers. Something with more mystery and a little more inviting. How about Soylent BROWN? Now that’s the ultimate diet: Soylent Brown Burgers. Hey, that just might work…people will eat less for sure!
If Ikeda can get people to eat his new Poop Burger, you can get your kids to eat their veggies. ,
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