Sunday, 21 August 2011

Poop Burgers - The Future?

I came across this article around two months ago and my thoughts about it were mixed. The link to the full article is below, but just to quickly sum it up in two -

A researcher in Japan was approached by the Tokyo Sewage Company with a concern - they had way too much sewage and wanted a solution to its removal.

Cutting a long story short, the researcher analysed the sewage and found it contained large amounts of protein. The solution?

He extracted all of the protein, treated it at a very high temperature to kill any bacteria and then added some food colouring and soy protein to make it look and taste like real meat.

Whether this story is a joke or not, that's a decision for you to make. But even if it were a joke, the concepts of sustainability and recycling is being increasingly compounded into our lives as each day takes us further into the future. You may be thinking, recycling human faeces.. way too far! .. but many ideas that were once seen as ridiculous have now been accepted as the norm.

If this meat, made from our faeces, suddenly appeared in your local supermarket, would you purchase it? More so, would you eat it?

I personally would, being someone who is curious, but even if it were identical to real meat, the psychological barrier would probably halt its full acceptance onto our dinner plates - if turning faeces into meat is indeed possible!

If you'd like to read the article, click here

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