Steaks made from human waste: now that is taking recycling too far…

June 17, 2011

Recently I did a post on when has science gone too far.

This may (or may not) be a case:

You’ve heard the vulgar term “eat sh.. (human excrement)”.

It seems as though it has come to pass, so to speak. I just read a story that says Japanese researchers have actually produced synthetic steak from human excrement. I mean I’m a fan of recycling, but this is far too extreme. Of course I realize that it may not be much different from the Donner Party resorting to cannibalism (and that soccer team that crashed in the Andes years ago), but that was an extreme circumstance (and I think they were going for the flesh anyway).

The story said that people actually ate the product and liked it. That begs the unanswered question (in the story I read): did they know what they were eating and/or where it came from?

It also reminds me of the futuristic (maybe not now) Charlton Heston movie Soylant Green in which a product was made out of unsuspecting human beings who were marched off like lambs to the slaughter.

“Soylant Green is made out of people”, cried out Heston in an anguished warning.

“That Kobe Beef steak is made out of crap!”, I cry out.


ADD 1: A friend of mine reminded me that parts of animals and perhaps animal waste products do get into the human food chain through livestock feed, or at least that has been the case in the past. Even so, the idea of eating our own waste matter is just too revolting to contemplate as far as I am concerned.



A disclaimer: I was only using the term “Kobe” in a rhetorical or metaphorical sense. I did not really mean that that type or brand was made out of you know what.