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Steak Made from Human Excrement: Is It Safe?

Yeah, no thanks.

The mere idea is stomach-churning: creating food from human feces.

But researchers in Japan say they have done just that. They have synthesized meat from proteins found in human waste, according to news reports.

While the concept of chowing down on steak derived from poop may not exactly be appetizing, we wondered: is this meat safe?

In theory, yes, experts say. But the meat must be cooked, which will kill any noxious pathogens before you eat it.

“In the food safety world we say, ‘don’t eat poop,’” said Douglas Powell, a professor of food safety at Kansas State University. “But if you’re going to, make sure it’s cooked.”

The Japanese researchers isolated proteins from bacteria in sewage. The poop-meat concoction is prepared by extracting the basic elements of food â?? protein, carbohydrates and fats â?? and recombining them.

The meat is made from 63 percent proteins, 25 percent carbohydrates, 3 percent lipids and 9 percent minerals, according to Digital Trends. Soy protein is added to the mix to increase the flavor, and food coloring is used to make the product appear red.

The researchers came up with the idea after Tokyo Sewage asked them to figure out a use for the abundance of sewage in mud, Digital Trends says.

Powell is not familiar with the researchers’ method, but said he guesses that they are first heat-treating the sewage before they reap its resources.

Powell said the idea is not all that different from eating plants that have been fertilized with manure or other excrement, because the nutrients in the poop become part of the plants.

“Theoretically, there’s nothing wrong with this,” Powell said. “It could be quite safe to eat, but I’m sure there’s a yuck factor there,” he said.

However, Powell said there is the potential for cross contamination in the laboratory where the poop meat is made. That’s why it’s a good thing the meat will eventually be cooked.

But what if the final product was not going to be cooked?

"I wouldnâ??t touch it, " Powell said.

Pass it on: Meat made from poop is safe, but you should cook it before you eat it.

This story was provided by MyHealthNewsDaily. Follow MyHealthNewsDaily staff writer Rachael Rettner on Twitter @RachaelRettner.[/quote]


Poor mans’ bulk?


Can’t help thinking of that Chris Farley skit where he is given the fake coffee crystals and goes ape shit.

I can see that happening to someone.

[quote]Otto the Ecto wrote:
Poor mans’ bulk?[/quote]

In 5 years we’ll have another Professor X type character not telling people to eat burgers, but instead to eat…shit

Well I was totally on board until they said they added soy… for flavor??

“Excuse me, waiter? this steak tastes like shit. Oh hohoho I’m a caution!”

that’s when red meat is bad for you

That sounds pretty shitty.

“Soy protein is added to the mix to increase the flavor”

This must be the nastiest shit on earth if soy improves its flavor

Something doesn’t smell good about this story.

So can vegans eat poop steak or what?

[quote]otar wrote:
So can vegans eat poop steak or what?[/quote]

Well, speaking as a vegan, we can look at this a few ways. Technically, it’s a byproduct of a living creature, ruling it out for consumption by vegans. It’s also likely, there’s animal byproducts contained within or used during the manufacturing process of the shit sandwich. So that also would rule it out.

When it comes down to it though, vegan or not, if you’re willingly eating shit you’re dumb. I really think someone must have been watching “2 Girls 1 Cup” and thought, “hey, those girls are on to something!”

Ahh so all by products of animals are ruled out? I figured this might be okay since, well you’re never gonna stop people from making the raw materials anyway.

People will take it to varying extremes, some vegans won’t consume honey as it is a product of bees, not consuming Tic Tacs or certain gums as horse hooves are used, or even taking pills containing gelatin that is animal based. I’m a vegan in diet only, meaning I rock a leather jacket and shoes on the regular.

I’d imagine if the consumption of shit became much more prevalent in society, you’d get factions of vegans who would give it the okay and others that wouldn’t. Personally, whether it’s “vegan safe” or not, it wouldn’t be gracing my plate.

[quote]thogue wrote:
“Soy protein is added to the mix to increase the flavor”

This must be the nastiest shit on earth if soy improves its flavor[/quote]


Since the majority of crap is bacterial in nature why not just grow bacteria that doesn’t come from shit?

I mean, I suppose I get the point of it, to reuse human waste; but it seems like growing it from scratch would probably still be a cheap source of protein that doesn’t come with “Eeeeww” factor (as much).

Preferred pairing?

“Goes great with a sweat cocktail”

…eeewwwuuhhhuh, I just saw jackass 3 yesterday

[quote]JaseHxC wrote:
I really think someone must have been watching “2 Girls 1 Cup” and thought, “hey, those girls are on to something!”[/quote]

Leave it to the Japanese, lol.