View Full Version : Japanese Scientist Turns Feces Into Food

July 7th, 2011, 6:30 PM
I've decided to lay off the political threads for awhile (but you can visit my blog for more politics), so here's a kind of gross, yet interesting one.

This video explains it all:


July 7th, 2011, 6:39 PM
Holy crap (no pun intended).

So...let's think about this.

First, we can drink our urine. Now we can eat our feces.

So...what comes out of our bodies...our waste...we can eat now?

Still won't help 3rd world countries though, unless they install functioning toilets everywhere/

Alley Cat
July 7th, 2011, 7:01 PM
Funny.. his name is pronounced MEAT in the beginning. Hahaha.

I think this a pretty wonderful idea. End world hunger? The hard part would be convincing people to eat it though. But I'm sure if you were starving, then you would have no problem. But since they said it would be around the same price as regular meat, I'm sure people would rather just buy that.

July 7th, 2011, 7:27 PM
Meh, I'd honestly stick to real meat. I'm not into substitutes. If I were, however, I'd see this as an acceptable and economic solution.

And this research should probably head over to the poor countries where it's really needed. I'm sure it's not exactly going to be wanted in the richer countries anyways XD

Captain Hobo.
July 7th, 2011, 8:23 PM
Okay that is nasty, but is a good new thing.

But, I will stick to my regular steaks ;)

Ink Heart
July 8th, 2011, 3:45 AM
They spelled Manila Bulletin wrong, btw.. <-- I had to point that out. >.>

Well, my main opinion: Eew. Gross. Yuck.

A substitute for steaks? ...I'd rather eat Sayote... which is my hated vegetable, lol. In truth, I'd rather eat fish than poop meat. *ugh* And I know how I hate fish, lol. xD

Anyways, it would be good for the poor countries... Since that would be recycling in some point or another.. Let's just hope they like eating their own poop.

Other than that, it is helpful to the environment.. Yet utterly disgusting.

July 8th, 2011, 3:55 AM
Holy crap (no pun intended).

So...let's think about this.

First, we can drink our urine. Now we can eat our feces.

So...what comes out of our bodies...our waste...we can eat now?

Still won't help 3rd world countries though, unless they install functioning toilets everywhere/

3rd World Countries would be getting our turd burgers.

July 8th, 2011, 9:30 AM
I can see how this would be a good idea. Our bodies aren't very efficient at processing what we eat. We loose a lot of the nutrients and energy in our waste. I just hope they're aiming to make this sustainable otherwise it's probably more useful as compost.

July 9th, 2011, 9:39 AM
Haha, I remember this.

I'd love to say that I'd be able to eat it, but really I don't think I could bring myself to.

July 9th, 2011, 11:01 AM
I'm suddenly reminded of 2girls1cup. *shivers*
Except without the cup.

Weeaboo Name
July 9th, 2011, 11:18 AM
huuuuuuuuuuuuuahahahaha mado scientist.

Well, i guess it could be useful.

July 9th, 2011, 11:44 AM
This is pretty old news :P

It's nothing too revolutionary either, but it needs special mention because it does come from fecal matter. Most people would probably avoid this type of meat substitute knowing that, but it's not really as gross as it would seem. All the actual waste is washed out and all that remains is bacterial protein (from the heavy amount of bacteria that is in the feces). They break the bacteria and refurbish the proteins as meat protein, then color it and flavor it to make it taste like meat. It's completely clean and harmless. There's no feces in it.

If that still bothers you, then so should chicken nuggets. They take all parts of the animal and blend it into a pink puree, wash it with ammonia to kill off bacteria, then reflavor it as chicken because the ammonia happens to also wash out flavor. It's kind of the same concept.

We can also make paper out of animal poop that has high fiber content (http://www.poopoopaper.com/).

The Void
July 9th, 2011, 4:17 PM
Yuuuck.... I think imma faint... I'm hoping this doesn't get to the market because before you know it, people will be eating it as a substitute for regular meat. Okay, I learned my lesson. Stick to my vegetables. Stick to my vegetables...

July 9th, 2011, 5:02 PM
I really wouldn't see me eating it, as for I'm not a big fan of meat, but mostly fruits and vegetables. It would probably be best if it was used for the poorer states/countries. It's funny, since I've seen worse really. Like Gymnotide said, think about other foods like the chicken nuggets(I don't like em, since last time I ate one, a tiny nerve was wiggling after I bit it.....disgusting times.). I mean, we eat intestines and leftover meat and even eyeballs in foods...must I mention insects?

At first I thought I was eating feces, but we're not...well...if you listen to it.

July 9th, 2011, 5:12 PM
I'd absolutely would be revolted if I had to eat meat made from our feces.

Even if it had the same taste, the same texture, the same everything, I just couldn't bring myself to eating it, knowing where it came from.

I'd be very interested, in seeing people eat it without knowing where it came from, and being told after they ate it where it came from. It would be cruel but, it would be interesting, to see if people will still eat it without knowing where it came from and assuming it came from animals.

Thats just me ranting away anyways haha

July 9th, 2011, 5:44 PM
I'm apprehensive to this like everyone else but I think that we will need to get over a few of our species "taboos" when it comes to eating in drinking if we are really going to sustain a rising population. I suppose its better than treating it and removing all nutritional benefit from it. I would prefer to use it as fertilizer. But it's just so. . . yuck.

Scarred Sean-o
July 10th, 2011, 3:50 AM
I guess it's a good thing "if" the world runs out of food however if the price after a few years will cost about the same seems a bit unrealistic to people who are put off knowing how its produced, since Japan is recovering from the tsunami it will help there food reserves last longer if they didn't have any international support but at the essence of there economy.

It would be handy to be able to do that on the international space station however I feel that its just a alternative solution to a problem that doesn't exist at the moment.

The hole thing is turning my gut a tiny little bit, I'll stick to the supermarket and the butcher for the mean time thanks.

July 10th, 2011, 4:42 AM
It's repulsive. Nobody wants to eat food created out of feces. That's the only reason.

July 10th, 2011, 8:36 AM
But, the thing is, it would just be the same as swabbing the ground for bacteria and collecting it to do the same thing--or just growing the bacteria out of culture. We only pick feces because it's has a high volume to bacteria (and it's a waste product; we're very keen on recycling nowadays). There's absolutely no fecal matter in the stuff. In fact, we could use anything with proteins. We could use mushrooms, or trees, or fish, if we were dedicated enough to process them.

July 10th, 2011, 8:59 AM
It's disturbing, but I could be the way to stop food shortages in the future. The food would be sent to the lesser off countries obviously.

July 10th, 2011, 8:59 AM
Excuse me, waiter, but there is corn in my steak.

July 10th, 2011, 6:02 PM
Gymnotide I don't care how much you stress that there is no poop in it, I couldn't ever eat it. Let me be modest and send it to 3rd world countries plz. >:

A Pixy
July 10th, 2011, 7:05 PM
Kinda reminds me of Futurama.

Beer cans were made of robots, robots were made of beer cans, sandwiches are made of older sandwiches.

You see where I'm coming from.

The Corrupt Plague
July 12th, 2011, 9:34 PM
I suppose it might be useful if it's sent to third world countries or if there's a freak accident that destroys a good portion of the food supplies, but good luck convincing the population to eat this!

Mr. X
July 12th, 2011, 9:52 PM
I'm suddenly reminded of 2girls1cup. *shivers*
Except without the cup.



Anyway, eww.

As for convincing, a long time ago (400-500 years) almost no one would eat potatoes for some reason. Present day they are a very popular food. Just give it time and im sure that ever one will be eating mashed... um, well, you know

July 18th, 2011, 7:05 PM
I'd imagine that if you did blind taste tests, people may not even be able to discern the difference. :/