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Weekend WTF: Have You Considered Trying The Poop Burger?

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Start it off early.. this guy thinks it’s a hoax:

Yes. I said it…. but he said it first:

Somehow this feels like a Vonnegut plotline: population boom equals food shortage. Solution? Synthesize food from human waste matter. Absurd yes, but Japanese scientists have actually discovered a way to create edible steaks from human feces.Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama Laboratory, has developed steaks based on proteins from human excrement. Tokyo Sewage approached the scientist because of an overabundance of sewage mud. They asked him to explore the possible uses of the sewage and Ikeda found that the mud contained a great deal of protein because of all the bacteria.

The researchers then extracted those proteins, combined them with a reaction enhancer and put it in an exploder which created the artificial steak. The “meat” is 63% proteins, 25% carbohydrates, 3% lipids and 9% minerals. The researchers color the poop meat red with food coloring and enhance the flavor with soy protein. Initial tests have people saying it even tastes like beef.

Inhabitat notes that “the meatpacking industry causes 18 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions, mostly due to the release of methane from animals.” Livestock also consume huge amounts of resources and space in efforts to feed ourselves as well as the controversy over cruelty to animals. Ikeda’s recycled poop burger would reduce waste and emissions, not to mention obliterating Dante’s circle for gluttons.

The scientists hope to price it the same as actual meat, but at the moment the excrement steaks are ten to twenty times the price they should be thanks to the cost of research. Professor Ikeda understands the psychological barriers that need to be surmounted knowing that your food is made from human feces. They hope that once the research is complete, people will be able to overlook that ugly detail in favor of perks like environmental responsibility, cost and the fact that the meat will have fewer calories.

Waste not; want not.

…but then again, want not… waste not. Sheesh.

Check out the video, though:

Much love to the person who labeled the freezer “s–t burger” at 1:33 in the video. That’s awesome.

Would you eat this? Is this really the answer to the environmental issues that arise from our current meatpacking industry? Do you think this will appear in your grocery stores?

Thanks to Giselle and Shante, who apparently had the same epiphany at the exact same time.

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21 comments

Rhonda June 18, 2011 - 10:15 AM

NO!!! I absolutely would not eat a poop burger! I think it was a waste of time for them to develop this product. Noone in their right mind would eat anything that came from the sewers. What they should have done was find a way to turn it into a natural fuel…something useful.

Zee June 18, 2011 - 10:25 AM

No, I wouldn’t eat it. And it really isn’t “the solution.” I don’t know why scientists are always suggesting out-there solutions when the most effective way forward is to do something more basic: change the way we eat in the first place- more emphasis on plant-foods.

Michelle of Chellbellz June 18, 2011 - 10:33 AM

I dont even need to read that article to know that this is gross as hell! I’d rather not eat meat at all then eat a fecal burger!

BAnjeeB June 18, 2011 - 11:02 AM

WTF?! Indeed! I’d go hardcore vegan before eating this. It just don’t seem right man, just don’t seem right! Just, naw…

RAINA June 18, 2011 - 11:06 AM

OMG!!! I’m seriously nauseous thinking about.

Serenity June 18, 2011 - 11:31 AM

If I wasn’t a vegetarian before, I’d be certain to be a vegetarian now

milaxx June 18, 2011 - 11:35 AM

Couldn’t even watch the video. Things like this make me happy to be a vegetarian. Now if only they would stop putting pesticides in my darn fruit!

Shante June 18, 2011 - 12:44 PM

I just believe there are better ways that science can be used. How many people need to die from AIDS, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and everything else before cures are found? Why anyone would think this was a great use of time and money is beyond me.

Oh and let’s be real if they are doing this with meat it is only a matter of time before they do this with fruits and grains. Recycling poop to make food. I don’t even think George Jetson would have thought of this.

JoAnna June 18, 2011 - 1:10 PM

Well… I do try to put old dog poop (Spring clean-up after 4 months of winter snows) in the soil where I plant new trees and shrubs… I do compost green kitchen waste, and add worms and shredded newspaper and dirt, then pour it around my vegetable plants… I do eat chickens and fish that ate all kinds of bugs… But to knowingly put a fecal protein based “steak” in my mouth that’s not a at least 2 steps removed on the “circle of life” is 2 steps too close!!! Now put me on a reality show and let me win $1,000,000 AFTER taxes and I’ll happily shove it in, chow down, and swallow gleefully. I can take my winnings get a colonic and green fast for $250.00… Just sayin’

Gloria June 18, 2011 - 2:09 PM

NO!!!!!!! Never. I’d become a vegan long before I ever resorted to eating anybody’s crap. Actually, why would this even be necessary? I’m no vegetarian, but I still realize that meat is not our only available source of protein.

So grossed out right now…

ChiChi Kix June 18, 2011 - 3:00 PM

Oh…. nononono…

This is one psychological barrier I’m fine staying behind. No thanks…. 🙂
(where do you FIND this stuff, lol!)

gs June 18, 2011 - 4:41 PM

Sheeeeet….if companies start sneaking this stuff into our food supply under a different name like they do other products to “enhance” whatever they are selling that would be criminal.

The whole time watching this all I could think about was the South Park episode where they are trying to choose between a giant douche and a turd sandwich…lmao

Tatiana June 18, 2011 - 4:43 PM

I think I’d rather give up meat (or just beef in the case of burgers) than try to convince myself to eat feces burger. That’s gross. 😮

But, I can see the impetus. People really like burgers, and for many places (like the US) burgers are cultural staples. By creating burgers out of feces, they’re trying to preserve a way of life. People want alternatives, while maintaining their present lifestyles.

Natalie June 18, 2011 - 7:35 PM

This video and article and subsequent “news” stories are not factual. This is another internet hoax. Everyone should do some basic research when encountering unbelievable news stories. This video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyRZdMBwojU does a good job explaining what’s wrong with the original.

Erika Nicole Kendall June 18, 2011 - 9:20 PM

Thank you, Natalie. I got the article several different times from several sources, and since I have so little faith in the food industry I dove nose first into it. ROFL I learned my lesson.

Roz June 19, 2011 - 7:22 PM

I’ll skip the poop burger, thanks. I read this yesterday, but I had to process it for a little while before I could even respond. I guess I’d have to move on to fish until some genius decides to make artificial fish out of cadavers, or some mess like that.

pretty yung thang June 20, 2011 - 12:13 AM

..smdh…tofu and soybeans here I come

Sasha June 21, 2011 - 1:41 PM

OMG…i couldn’t even read this mess, my answer is a hell 2 da naw….can’t and wont even do it.

Curlstar June 21, 2011 - 2:15 PM

This makes me think about Chappelle Show where the character Tyrone is eating that stuff with Joe Rogan.

On a serious note, I’m glad it’s not real. Making something like that for real is not a good idea. Let that go through the natural (0r not so natural) process of decomposition or stages at a sewage processing plant.

Johnnie June 21, 2011 - 10:02 PM

The thought that this could actually happen is just awful…ugh!

1beautifullymade October 20, 2011 - 1:47 AM

LMBOOOO..HELL NAW…If something like this was to ever really happen I would become a vegan and grow my own veggies and fruits. I should put this article on my fridge..I would loose my appetite every night. On this note I am going to my bed. SMDH…Cant wait to tell my husband about this in the morning.

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