Fish Flour

From Popular Science, Oct 1931. A woman baking fish-flour cookies. Mmmmm.

Tests of fish flour, a new food high in mineral content, obtained as a by-product of the packaged fish industry, are now in progress at a public institution in Washington, D.C. Here eighty children have been selected for the first large-scale test of the food, under Government supervision, to determine its value. The experiment is expected to last a year. The subjects eat samples disguised as ginger cookies, containing as much as fifteen perfect of fish flour.

Fish Flour is basically a powder made from ground-up fish. From the 1930s to the 1960s the fish industry pushed hard to convince people that fish flour was a) palatable, and b) a possible solution to world hunger (because of its high protein content). But I guess it never caught on. There was a last high-visibility pr effort in 1968, when U.N. officials were given fish-flour cookies as a snack, but after that fish flour fell off the map.
     Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 01, 2009
     Category: Food

Anyone who has smelled the fish by-products coming off barges headed for the Moorman Feed research farm in central Illinois knows just how tasty ANYTHING made from fish can be!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/02/09 at 01:47 AM
This is still a better solution to world hunger than eating rats. I'll take a slice of salmon loaf over a rat burger any day!
Posted by Matt in Florida on 01/02/09 at 09:38 AM
Matt, folks eat squirrel, rabbit, snake, cats, etc. The 'rats' these guys are eating live in the fields and eat grain. All the GI's I knew/know that were in Nam, etc. say it tastes like chicken. (I don't eat chicken so I'll have to take their word for it!)
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/02/09 at 01:13 PM
BTW, Matt, if a "rat burger" is good enough for Sly Stallone it's good enough for the world!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/02/09 at 01:14 PM
No! Just got a healthy feel for where I'm located in the food chain.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/03/09 at 04:34 AM
Soylent Green is fish!
Posted by Brent in trepid on 01/03/09 at 12:08 PM
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