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By James Peters –
“Fake meat” made from human feces in Japanese laboratories can be used as “filler”. Using any kind of unnatural filler has gotten consumers concerned and on the war path.
Proteins, minerals and carbohydrates are extracted from human feces to create “fake meat”.
Has science gone too far?
Mankind has depended on science when it comes to finding solutions to serious problems like food shortage. Science discovered the formula to an insecticide that would keep insects from damaging crops and at the same time not affect the crops’ natural growing cycle. When certain insecticides became possibly fatal with human consumption, science came up with another idea of getting rid of the insects. Instead of using an insecticide, catch them and eat them.
When the consumption of red meat started to rise throughout the world, science discovered a way to clone animals. Rumors started going around saying that you could taste the difference between a naturally born calf and a cloned one.
But then, as usual, someone thought of the possibility of running out of animals to clone. Science thought about this one, in fact, the director from the Okayama Laboratory located in Tokyo, Japan thought about this one too. His name is Mitsuyuki Ikeda.
Tokyo is starting to develop a problem with disposing of human waste. With over 13 million people all within a 2,200 square kilometer, the Tokyo Sewage Service is getting more “crap” than it can handle.
Mitsuyuki thought to himself that the sewage plant was dealing with so much human excrement that he brought this problem to the tables of his laboratories. Mitsuyuki and his colleagues thought of the possibility of making “fake meat” from human waste. But they discovered that these vats full of human feces were huge breeding grounds for all sorts of bacteria. So they cooked these vats until they boiled and killed the bacteria. They then developed a method to extract their proteins. A soy protein is added to help enhance the flavor (you think?) and then it’s processed through a chemical reactor then a reaction enhancer. When the finished product is extruded from a warming chamber you get a texture similar to ground beef. With a little red food coloring, you get the same hue effect that you expect from real ground beef. In fact, you won’t be able to tell the difference if the two different types were right next to each other.
The cost of using “fake meat” as filler
Mitsuyuki has admitted that right now, while further research is being conducted, this “fake meat” costs about twenty times more than real meat. But he promises that by the time the research is completed, the cost should be about the same as traditional meat.
Healthier for you
It has been discovered that the “fake meat” is much healthier than real meat. It contains less fat, a splendid mix of proteins at 63%, 25% of carbohydrates, 9% of minerals and 3% of lipids.
Taco Bell lost sales
Taco Bell was accused of using a “fake meat” as filler with its ground beef and making it contain only 35% of real meat. This claim cost Taco Bell millions in revenue. A Taco Bell spokesperson denied these allegations stating that it has always used 88% of real meat with other all-natural ingredients. To fight back these frivolous accusations, Taco Bell launched a campaign of commercials stating that it never used 35% of real meat. To show the public its dedication to create a superb product, they offered an 88 cent crunchwrap supreme for a limited time in honor of its 88% real meat product.
By no means, is this an attempt to say that Taco Bell used human feces as filler. Taco Bell was mentioned to show as an example how the public responds to the idea of filler meat being added to real meat products.
An Internet Hoax
It’s been stated by a few bloggers on the internet that the whole story of “fake meat” being made from human feces is nothing more than a disgusting hoax. Some of the best internet researchers trying to confirm the story have failed getting accurate information.
However, news articles on the web from CBS, Yahoo and CNN have all taken the bait and quickly posted the story before doing some thorough research to confirm whether the story was true.
So, is it true, and would you eat it?
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