Skip to comments.U.S. Demand for Human Hair Grows, Used in Wigs, Pizza
Posted on 01/07/2008 8:46:19 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
FLORIDA CITY, Fla. Walking into the small Florida City warehouse, Blair Blacker pauses to survey the towering pyramid of canvas bundles, each about the size of a punching bag, that contain the stock-in-trade of his business: human hair. About 15 tons of it on a recent day, imported from China, neatly pressed into mats and ready to ship to farmers and nursery growers who swear by the horticultural benefits of Blacker's hairy wares. "If you had told me when I was flying combat helicopters in Vietnam that one day I'd be sitting on 30,000 pounds of human hair," said Blacker, a retired Army colonel-turned-entrepreneur, "I'd have said you were crazy." The mats stored in southern Miami-Dade County are part of a world marketplace for human hair. Uses range from the obvious, such as false eyelashes and wigs, to the more obscure: it's a common raw-material source for l-cysteine, an amino acid frequently used in baked goods such as pizza dough and bagels. China and India exported more than $154 million worth of human hair last year, according to United Nations trade statistics. They are Blacker's main suppliers. "It's not processed or dyed like a lot of hair we have here," said Blacker, whose own hair is silvery and neatly cropped. The product, marketed as SmartGrow, is effective in keeping out weeds, and has even shown signs of increasing yield in crops like tomatoes, according to University of Florida scientists. "It's really exciting. The first trial was just outstanding," said Aaron Palmateer, an associate professor of plant pathology who has conducted tests on the SmartGrow product at UF's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. There is an admitted yuck factor to using hair in lieu of herbicide, but Palmateer points out that common agricultural methods can be similarly unappetizing.
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What about angel hair pasta?
Yet another reason to make your own pizza.
“”And we’re going to help the world go green.”....Green for sure....when I ralph my pizza!”
Go green? Yeah, SOYLENT GREEN.
Is this cannabilism? Let me go check the definition of the word to see if hair qualifies.
This actually works. I collect it from my barber when I go in to get a haircut.
A side benefit is that it also keeps mice and moles from chewing down other plants before they emerge. They don't generally bother tomatos, but they wreak havoc on some vine crops such as squash and cucumbers.
“Soylent Green is people”..
I’m down with that....but what the H is the pizza angle??
Well, cannibalism is defined as the consumption of human flesh by another human, and flesh has several alternative definitions, some of which include hair.
Conclusion: Hair in pizza might be cannibalism.
I wonder if I can sell the stuff that accumulates in my shower drain.
That could be called a bathscum pizza? I guess the next thing will be a hairball and pinapple pizza?
From the original post: “it’s a common raw-material source for l-cysteine, an amino acid frequently used in baked goods such as pizza dough and bagels”
somewhat unappetizing I would say... I don’t know that it necessarily means making your own would do any good (is it in the flour used, or the other powdered ingredients, the yeast???).
No wonder we have to import it. I’m having a massive crop failure on my head.
Great post, for the headline alone
When used in the soil around plants it releases a large amount of nitrogen which helps leaves grow. This would be a good use for it. Recycling instead of putting it in dumps.
As far as using it in pizza - what is this, Soylent Green?
Hair has value? I will ask for a “take out bag” for my hair next time I visit the barber. When they ask why, I’ll just say, “for the pizza”.
Here is the accompanying photo. That's a lot of hair.
Wouldn’t this technically be hair derivatives, not actual hair? Do any of the alternate definitions of flesh include derivatives?
Good Lord, that’s just sick.
All this crap in the stores - imported “healthy” foods - ersatz is what it is. Screw that.
No. If hairs drop into your soup or food... and this happens often enough it’s no cannibalism either, isn’t it?
Also you might be surprised how many tiny skin particles, which come off all he time, are in our food... it’s not cannibalism.
However human hair knowingly used in Pizza is disturbing and gross anyway.
It seems to me that several folks here had better not look into what goes into bologna and many other things we eat every day. And what do farmers do with the stuff they clean out of stables and barns?
I'm guessing it is extracted.
In a previous life, I worked in the cosmetics business. One of our best suppliers had rare returns on occasion because an insect might be found in their cosmetics. They used mainly botanical extracts. Botanical extracts are the most popular alternative to the other main ingredient in cosmetics-- collagen and animal fats.
Every botanical extract contains insects. The better ones (such as we were representing) will occasionally show an insect because their blending and refining process is minimal in order to produce the best close to nature benefits of the botanical used. Those lower on the scale (such as you buy in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart) will almost never show identifable insects or insect parts because they contain a small quantity of highly refined and blended extract mixed with a lot of filler.
If we knew everything that was in what we eat or rub on our faces, we probably could do neither.
Guess I should stop ordering the “everything bagel”.
I guess it will be Chinese hair pasta....
He ought to hit up Alec Baldwin for some of his back and body hair. That would be four sacks right there! Ask his ex.
I didn’t intend my post to be 100% serious.
Anyway, I still argue that it is technically cannibalism when you eat even a stray hair in your bakery muffin. LOL.
This is disgusting. In PIZZA?
Good point!...does everyone know what’s in head cheese?
Um, I don’t eat head cheese. Or bologna or hot dogs. Or chicken mcnuggets for that matter.
I got nothin...
SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!
I was sooo slow
A lot of baked goods have Dough Enhancer added. It’d be my guess that it’s in that rather than the flour.
Here’s a source for grain and flour that’s American.
New Hope Mills has fought the state of NY and won in an effort to keep from putting additives in their pancake mix. They have a whole wheat pancake mix that’s out of this world. With other brands you can tell you’re eating something good for you. This is way better.
thanks for the link! I’ve never been involved in any production scale food processing or baking of any sort - just local stores where I’ve never seen or used anything like Dough Enhancer as an ingredient (hence the suppositions made in my earlier post).
Yeah, I hear ya. There are a lot of things I would like to unsee when it comes to food production (things I’ve seen on TV or seen other people do in kitchens).
I used to cut that foul stuff when I worked in a deli when I was younger. when you look closely, you can see the bits of different parts of the cow head
It's not the hair they use in pizza or bagels, it's the amino acid. This guy was just making a comparison. Granted, he could have compared it to something a little less disgusting. ;o)
The restaurant I had dinner at last night apparently skipped the middle man and went straight to putting the hair directly in the food.
OK... we've finished harvesting from John Edwards; next!
Sure triggers my gag reflex. Hair in anything does.
Like maybe where eggs come from???
It should be called “gross loaf”.....
I agree....nothing like an armpit or pubic hair in your fries!...This happened to a friend of mine at a McDonalds in La Canada, Calif. on our lunch break. I saw the damn thing and my gagging reflex went into overdrive!