Scientists Plan To Feed Maggots To The Cows And Chickens That We Eat

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Would you eat a sandwich that contains meat from a chicken that had been fed a steady diet of maggots?  Would you eat a burger that comes from a cow that had been fed lots of gummy worms and expired candy?  Would you eat a burger that is made out of recycled human poop?  Those are just some of the bizarre solutions to the global food crisis that scientists are currently working on.  And without a doubt, we are rapidly approaching a day of reckoning as far as the global supply of food is concerned.  The global food supply is the lowest that it has been in nearly 40 years, but global demand for food just keeps rising.  In fact, global demand for meat and dairy products is projected to double by 2050.  So how in the world are we going to feed everyone?  That would be a great challenge even if we had good weather year after year, but in recent years our weather patterns have become increasingly erratic.  Intense drought in the breadbasket areas of the globe have caused harvests to be quite disappointing.  So what is going to happen if we have more drought over the next several years?  Could we potentially experience an unprecedented global food shortage and see food riots erupt all over the planet?

The way that our scientists are thinking about food is rapidly changing.  In the EU, a plan to feed maggots that have been raised on cow and pig excrement to cows and chickens that humans eat is in the process of being tested.  The following is how the Daily Mail described this plan…

A plan to feed animals with protein-rich maggots which have been reared on cow and pig excrement is currently being trialled by the EU.

Soya beans which are normally used in feed for animals such as chickens, pigs and fish, are in great demand so scientists and farmers have been searching for a cheap and viable alternatives.

The EU plan would see flies bred on an industrial scale using readily-available animal and vegetable waste, with the maggots, or larvae, which they create then being used for feed.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want anything to do with meat that comes from animals that have been fed a steady diet of maggots.

In the United States, the recent drought has caused many farmers to search out cheaper sources of food for their animals.  In some cases, farmers are actually feeding candy to their cattle.  According to CNN, this practice has become fairly widespread…

Cattle farmers struggling with record corn prices are feeding their cows candy instead.

That’s right, candy. Cows are being fed chocolate bars, gummy worms, ice cream sprinkles, marshmallows, bits of hard candy and even powdered hot chocolate mix, according to cattle farmers, bovine nutritionists and commodities dealers.

Feeding candy to cows has become a more popular practice in tandem with the rising price of corn, which has doubled since 2009, fueled by government-subsidized demand for ethanol and this year’s drought. Thrifty and resourceful farmers are tapping into the obscure market for cast-off food ingredients. Cut-rate byproducts of dubious value for human consumption seem to make fine fodder for cows. While corn goes for about $315 a ton, ice-cream sprinkles can be had for as little as $160 a ton.

But I would rather eat a burger that comes from a cow that has been raised on candy than eat one of the burgers that a team of scientists in Japan are developing.

It is hard to believe, but over in Japan they are actually developing burgers that come from human excrement.

Unfortunately, these “poop burgers” are not a joke.  The following is an excerpt from a Fox News article

Anyone up for some poop burgers?

Japanese scientist Mitsuyuki Ikeda from the Okayama Laboratory certainly doesn’t believe in human waste.

He thinks that’s perfectly good protein you’re sending out to sea, and he’s found a way to extract it, mix it with steak sauce and create a fecal feast fit for a king.

Why in the world would anyone come up with such a thing?

Well, apparently Tokyo sewers are being overwhelmed by human sludge, and scientists were asked to find a way to do something with it

Tokyo is swimming in sewage mud, it seems, and there’s only one way it can save itself and that’s eat it.  Prof Ikeda found the mud was loaded with protein due to the high bacteria content. Combine it with reaction enhancer and put it in a magical machine called an “exploder” and artificial steak comes out the other end.

According to Digital Trends, it’s 63 percent protein, 25 percent carbohydrates, 3 percent lipids and 9 percent minerals.

It’s colored red so you don’t know it’s poo.

Sadly, in a few years these kinds of products may become common on our store shelves as global food supplies get much tighter.

Right now, the world is eating more food than it is producing and the number of hungry mouths just continues to grow.  Some experts are projecting the worst for the years ahead…

Evan Fraser, author of Empires of Food and a geography lecturer at Guelph University in Ontario, Canada, says: “For six of the last 11 years the world has consumed more food than it has grown. We do not have any buffer and are running down reserves. Our stocks are very low and if we have a dry winter and a poor rice harvest we could see a major food crisis across the board.”

“Even if things do not boil over this year, by next summer we’ll have used up this buffer and consumers in the poorer parts of the world will once again be exposed to the effects of anything that hurts production.”

As I mentioned in a recent article, more than 3 billion people currently live on less than 2 dollar a day.  A very large percentage of the global population is in survival mode from day to day.

Things are going to get very, very tight at some point.  This is one reason why a lot of people are storing up food right now.  You want to store up during the “good times” so that you can be ready for the bad times.

Unfortunately, time is quickly running out.  I hope that you are preparing while you still can.

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth.  His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on

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  • Tim

    I think the only way to be sure that what you’re eating is safe and wholesome is to raise your own food. I know that’s not practical for most people. It certainly isn’t for me. I don’t eat in restaurants because you don’t know exactly what’s in the food that you order. There could be MSG or something else that isn’t healthful. I prepare all of my meals at home. I do buy organically produced fruits and vegetable but not exclusively because some non-organic fruits and vegetables are fine to eat. For example, it’s not necessary to buy organic avocados because the skin of an avocado protects the flesh from pesticides. On the other hand, some conventionally raised produce, like strawberries and celery, should be strictly avoided because they are so heavily contaminated with pesticides. For protein, I buy clean animal foods, like organic chicken, wild-caught salmon and cottage cheese. Most chicken, pork and beef in conventional grocery stores comes from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and should be avoided like the plague. But my experience has been that you have to be careful about buying animal products even from stores that are a step up from conventional grocery stores. For example, I used to buy Trader Joe’s Turkey Burgers because they were a cheap and tasty source of protein. But recently I was eating one and my heart started racing. I thought I was having a heart attack. Thankfully it stopped.

  • seth datta

    What? The scientists are going to feed the politicians to animals?

    I know, i know, bad jokes…

    • wede


  • 2Gary2

    Michael–I have been saying the world is way overpopulated. How do you square a article like the one above with your belief that we are not way too overpopulated?

    • jaxon64

      it’s not over population–it’s misallocation…you could fit the entire population of the human race in the state of Texas on a 1/2 acre lot and still use the yards to feed them–to say it more clearly, every family in the world could own their own house on a half acre and there would still be 1/2 the state to farm and plus the yards on a half acre are enough land to raise the food for a family of four ( chickens, fruit trees, vertical gardening)

      • jaxon64

        oops…a correction–Texas alone is 172 million acres so you could fit the entire population of the USA into texas on 1/2 acre lots with a house for a family of four ( which would take just 80 million acres or so) and easily feed them with the available ground space of 172 million acres–minus the houses…..the point is, all of us could produce greater quantities of our dietary needs…

        • 2Gary2

          I doubt anyone would like to be fit into anywhere, much less Texas. I want my acre in the burbs. That means less people. Call me selfish if it makes you feel better. The simple math fact is that more people=less resources.

          Everything I am stuck in traffic I strongly wish there were less people clogging up the road.

          If the population of the USA was cut in 1/2 that would be ideal. How we get from here to there is a matter for debate. We could start by stopping all immigration legal and ilegals and sending the aliens home.

          • Hammerstrike

            But the traffic is thick because the road system of your country is often old and had sloppy planning.

  • jaxon64

    what’s next?..we all know the answer—soylent green

  • Hammerstrike

    Good heavens, the Obama voters will be made usefull to society!

    Srs, what´s wrong with feeding maggots to cattle? I mean beside that killing a lot of them.

  • Lindum

    What do you think free range chickens eat?