Green Gelatin…Soylent Green….Posted: July 24, 2011
(C) 2011 Written by Will Blesch
According to the website, Greenmuze.com, a website dedicated to environmentally friendly ideas and innovations, we could all be taking a nose dive into a world eerily similar to that of the 1973 film:
The plot of this “B” grade sci-fi/horror film involves the populace eating a product called “Soylent Green.” The synopsis of the film says, “In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.”
That foodstuff turns out to be people. There’s a memorable scene where the film’s star, Charlton Heston staggers about during a scene after finding out that Soylent Green is made from processed humans. In awesome, scenery chewing style he screams:
“It’s PEOPLE! ….IT’S…PEOPLLLLLLLE!!!!….”
Yeah, ok. But did you know that human derived gelatin could replace some of the 300,000 tons of animal derived gelatin used yearly in foodstuffs such as sweets (candies), desserts, a whole plethora of other processed foods, and in medication capsules?
And more than gross, according to the article on Greenmuze.com, you won’t be able to tell the difference between human derived or animal derived gelatin at all.
Chinese researchers, publishing their findings in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, suggest an alternative to the gelatin taken from slaughtered livestock (cows, pigs) bones and skin, using human gelatin genes that are genetically spliced into yeast genes.