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Turd Burgers, Anyone?

Last week it was human breast milk from genetically-altered cows. Now I’m hearing about something even more squicky: a scientist in Japan who’s figured out how to make apparently-edible faux meat out of human feces. Professor Poo (I mean Ikeda) extracts lipids and protein from “sewage mud,” does a little lab magic, then adds soy protein and umami to taste. (Oh, and a little food coloring, too.) According to its creator, the stuff isn’t bad — though I’m not sure I know anyone who’d be willing to take a taste test.

On the plus side, it’s very green: no animals are harmed and no carbon produced (cows, on the other hand, make lots of methane). Maybe it’s a solution to the global food crisis. I hope we can come up with something a bit less humiliating for people to eat, though.

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June 15th, 2011

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Stranger to the World

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