putting the SOY back in SOYLENT GREEN!

"The Chinese government has shown an unusually high level of concern as a result of a bold media exposure towards a scandal in which human hair was used to make soy sauce.

China Central Television first raised public worries over the quality of domestic soy sauce by uncovering a substandard workshop in central China's Hubei Province, where piles of waste human hair were found. The hairs were treated in special containers to distill amino acid, the most common substance contained in soybean sauce.

Human hair is rich in protein content, just like soybean, wheat and bran, the conventional and legally accepted raw ingredients for the production of soy sauce.

By producing soy sauce from such raw materials, the producers were said able to cut costs by half. Workers employed at the plants, however, never bought soy sauce marked as "blended" on the packaging, because that usually meant that human hair was the basic material in the sauce."

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  1. SOY back in SOYLENT GREEN!

    that has got to be the best subject like ever!

    you can also bet i am printing this article for my parents to read.

  2. otterley says:

    Workers employed at the plants, however, never bought soy sauce marked as "blended" on the packaging

    I wonder if the same caution should be applied to my other "seasoning" purchases, e.g.

  3. scosol says:

    good fucking god man-

    i mean- i guess i know that down at that level- acid chains are acid chains-
    but- strangelyt- i still dont want to drink it :D

  4. sfritz says:

    Am I the only one that thought "what a good use of human resources"?

  5. tiger0range says:

    Next time take a look at the ingredients label for your bread, cakes, etc. If it says L-cystiene or L-lysine, or some other amino acid, then you have nothing on the Chinese. Currently in USA there is only one source for those things.

    HUMAN HAIR

    Chew on that.

  6. rantzilla says:

    Why is it that we can do all sorts of questionable things to just about anything on this planet, except human beings, and it's a-ok?

    I mean, do any amount of research into what starts out as an animal and ends up as shoes, a coat, your dinner, your hair product ,and you will probably be mortified.

    But that's ok because, you know, we're on top of the food chain.

    But if we process things that used to be or were part of a human being, I mean christ, that's just right out.

    Granted, the first thing I think of when presented with the idea of human hair based soy sauce is human hair blankets and human skin lamp shades from WWII Nazi Germany concentration camps. And *that* is horrifying because of the conditions in which the "raw materials" were acquired.

    But think about this: at the rate which we humans consume natural resources on the planet, we are going to have to come up with more numerous and more creative ways of recycling the resources that we've already consumed. Part of that is gonna involve coming down from our pedestals and realizing that human beings, in fact, are a renewable resource. Kinda like in the Matrix, but with less bondage and scariness.

    I am not saying we grow ourselves in pods or have harvesting festivals every leap year; but naturally occurring dead people can certainly contribute to the cause.

    • jwz says:

      And why is it that if you kill a sheep, take its intestine, wrap it around your dick and fuck some chick with it, that's ok, but if you cut out the middleman and just fuck the dead sheep directly, somehow that's wrong?

      • transiit says:

        that's wrong?

        Holy crap.

        Good thing I'm not Catholic.

        -transiit

        Alternate joke: Shouldn't be a problem. You're still wrapping its intestine around your dick.

      • ronbar says:

        Of course it's wrong, because then the condoms made with that sheep's intestine will be CONTAMINATED. Especially the ones made from the anus part of the lower intestine.

        They call those "Lifestyles".

    • brokengoose says:

      It's not just some sort of we're-superior-to-the-fluffy-bunnies thing. Cannibalism is dangerous, man. There are all sorts of interesting things that happen with prions that are a whole lot more likely to happen if you're eating the same species -- the protein has to get into your system somehow. Hell, the reason mad cow scares people is because it's a prion that can jump species. Now, throw in a company that's basically selling essence-of-human-protein, and you can see why people might worry.

      • ronbar says:

        Would this "prion" problem that you speak of apply to eating human shit? I would think the ruling would be kinda like that rule that bee honey is kosher because it's not a secretion of the bee, it's just processed by the bee.

        Except that there's bile in shit (which they say is what makes it brown) and bile is a secretion of your liver which you make in excessive quantities if you're bilious like me.

        If I was Jewish, kept kosher, and into scat, I would now consult any Talmudic writings I could Google with "feces human kosher -hot -asian -teens -porn -pron -pr0n -prawn".

        Remember, prawns are shellfish and not kosher.