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Poop Burgers, Anyone?

Written by PETA | June 20, 2011

It sounds like a belated April Fool’s joke, and maybe it is, but scientists in Japan have reportedly found a way to create “meat” from human feces. You might assume that it would taste pretty, well, crappy, but word is it “tastes like beef.”

I know what you’re thinking: “Someone actually ate it?!” But when you think about it, people who eat meat are already eating poop, at least according to 60 Minutes, which referred to the bath chicken carcasses are dunked in before processing as “fecal soup.”

And while eating excrement is gross, eating a decaying carcass is pretty gross, too. 

Japanese scientists point out that poop burgers can help allay cruelty concerns and reduce waste and emissions. So I’m not totally poo-pooing the idea. However, why eat, ahem, crap when we already have a plethora of tasty mock meats to choose from, not to mention a veritable cornucopia of fruits, veggies, grains, and legumes?

Written by Heather Moore

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  • DigESource says:

    Umm.., I feel an urge to puke right now. OK, I do not begrudge anyone of how they want to live, and if they want to eat feces, that is their choice. I won’t think any less of them. HOWEVER, I have a really big problem with this idea. If the feces is the NON-Nutritional leftover of the food we consume, then exactly what nutritional value could there possibly be for us even if we find a way to turn it into something edible? My urge to puke is getting stronger.

  • Amanda l says:

    if they like it and it keeps them from eating real meat then its fine i guess kinda gross but fine also to anonymous try a brand call Quorn its really good

  • Rachel A says:

    I’m sorry, but there is NO WAY I will ever eat feces-meat. To me, it will remain almost on a par with corpses for sheer gross factor (and I believe people on both sides of this debate will mostly agree!). That said… if someone finds it palatable and it stops them from eating real meat, then I’ll support it.

  • annonymous says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for a couple years now, but I’ve yet to find mock meat that actually taste good. I’d tell myself it tastes great, but even with a lot of seasoning and compensation, it still just okay. And I must say, aside your personal revulsion towards meat, feces and meat definitely not on the same level when it comes to nutritional value. Feces is the EXCRETION from an animal devoid of any kind of nutrition. Meat, however you may want to disagree and argue, has still got nutritional values (protein, iron, etc). I’m not arguing that it is an essential part of one’s diet (I’ve been practicing vegetarianism for 2 years now, and my health is amazing), but it is rather conveying a wrong message by publishing an article that compares meat to feces as the same deal. Or am I supposed to take all the PETA articles metaphorically? In that case, my mistake.

  • Lilamedusa says:

    And if you want something that tastes like meat… Well, mushrooms (certain tipes of them like “setas” in Mexico) taste JUST like chicken. In fact, last time I ate them at a cousins’ house, noone even noticed that it wasn’t chicken until someone saw me and said: “Whoa! Are you eating chicken, you filthy hypcrite?” (not literally, obvious). I was all like “No, I’m eating my goat food, as usual”. Point is, why spend money in making plants taste like meat, if plants taste great?

  • Hana Bakemono says:

    So you’re saying all slaughterhouses bathe chickens in “fecal soup,” and all slaughterhouses are disgusting, covered in feces, all their animals eat poop and, of course, are the cruelest places in the world. How stereotypical. That’s like saying all Irish are drunks, all Christians hate gays and all PETA members are insane arsonists who enjoy throwing red paint at fashion models. Doesn’t feel so good, does it? I’M not saying I think that’s how all PETA members are, no. I know some who are reasonable and kind people who respect who I am and what decisions I make. So eating dead carcasses is gross? Ah, so instead of eating something full of protein, iron and other nutrients that can help a body grow (not saying that’s the only way to get those things, tofu and beans work as well) is better than eating something that is supposed to be flushed from a body due to, in a sense, getting rid of the yucky things the body doesn’t want or need. You could get Adenovirus, Campylobacter infection, Coxsackievirus (hand-foot-mouth disease), Enteroviruses, E. coli infection. Giardia infection, Rotavirus, Salmonella, Shigella, Tapeworms and Toxoplasmosis from eating poop. And go ahead and argue, “well, you can get diseases from eating meat too!!!” Though that is true, it’s also true that it comes from SOME companies. Local butcheries prepare their meat fresh and locally. So manure is spread around the large, open fields the animals are in, keeping diseases away from them and allowing grass to grow for them to eat. They also say, “happier cows are tastier cows,” since they grow plump from how open they are in the fields, along with being killed VERY humanely by using a large spike to pierce the base of the skull, a quick, painless kill. The larger companies feed corn to their cows to make them fatter, which causes them to get sick along with being in tight spaces and eating feces. Granted, Japan has done some things that greatly impressed me but… honestly, I think this idea is a bunch of bull crap. Ha, I made a pun.

  • Olivia says:

    That’s disgusting