Yum yum Urine cooked food

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  1. Goldeneye

    Goldeneye Fresh Meat

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    http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6185

    Would you eat food cooked in your own urine? Food scientists working for the US military have developed a dried food ration that troops can hydrate by adding the filthiest of muddy swamp water or even peeing on it.

    The ration comes in a pouch containing a filter that removes 99.9 per cent of bacteria and most toxic chemicals from the water used to rehydrate it, according to the Combat Feeding Directorate, part of the US Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts. This is the same organisation that created the "indestructible sandwich" that will stay fresh for three years (New Scientist print edition, 10 April 2002).

    The aim is to reduce the amount of water soldiers need to carry. One day's food supply of three meals, weighs 3.5 kilograms but that can be reduced to about 0.4 kilograms with the dehydrated pouches, says spokeswoman Diane Wood.

    The pouch - containing chicken and rice initially - relies on osmosis to filter the water or urine. When two solutions of different concentrations are separated by a semipermeable membrane, with gaps that allow only water molecules to pass through, the water is drawn to the more concentrated side.

    Hungry soldier
    The membranes are made of thin sheets of a cellulose-based plastic, with gaps between the fibres that are just 0.5 nanometres across, too small for bacteria to pass through.

    A hungry soldier pours dirty water into one end of a foil sachet containing two inner pouches separated by the membrane. The water seeps through the membrane into the dehydrated food on the other side. As it dissolves large molecules in the food, it creates a very high concentration solution. The osmotic pressure created then draws more water through the membrane.

    Hydration Technology of Albany, Oregon, which makes the membrane, says soldiers should only use urine in an absolute emergency because the membrane is too coarse to filter out urea.

    The body will not find this toxic over the short term, says Ed Beaudry, an engineer with HTI, but rehydrating food this way in the long term would cause kidney damage.
  2. phantomofthenet

    phantomofthenet Locked By Request

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    Alrighty then.

    Putting more R into the MRE, I see. :wtf:
  3. Lethesoda

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    Anyone who created the "indestructible sandwhich"...

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  4. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Sounds like a pretty nifty technology, although the thread's title is somewhat misleading: the food is not being cooked in one's own urine, but in the water extracted from it.

    And before anyone goes apeshit over that, remember that the water we all drink does not materialize pure and clean from some magic water faucet.
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  5. Techman

    Techman Still smilin' Deceased Member

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    Ummm...yeah. :wtf:
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    Bailey It's always Christmas Eve Super Moderator

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    In Australia at the moment we are in the middle of a major drought, but there are still towns that are voting against the use of recycled water because they find the idea disgusting. God forbid if anyone explains the water has already been flowing around for millions of years.
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  7. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 the only real finish line

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    Urine for a real treat...mama cooked up somethin' special! :blush:
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  8. phantomofthenet

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    Puts a whole new spin on "piss and vinegar" :)
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    "Talk about the future- a bavarian cream dog that's self microwaving"
  10. Jenna

    Jenna bingo.

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    I wouldn't be able to do it... I couldn't get over the fact that my pee was in it.