Scientist suggests eating human flesh to fight climate change
When asked if he personally would try human flesh, Soderlund said he was open to the idea.
Stockholm School of Economics professor and researcher Magnus Soderlund offered an unusual way to combat global climate change: eating human flesh, writes New York Post citing the scientist’s speech at Stockholm summit last week.
Magnus Soderlund believes eating human meat, derived from dead bodies, might be able to help save the human race if only a world society were to “awaken the idea.”
His argument for human cannibalism was front and center during a panel talk called “Can You Imagine Eating Human Flesh?” at the Gastro Summit. “Conservative” taboos against cannibalism can change over time if people simply tried eating human flesh, the scientist believes.
When asked if he personally would try human flesh, Soderlund said he was open to the idea. “I feel somewhat hesitant but to not appear overly conservative … I’d have to say … I’d be open to at least tasting it,” he told.
Soderlund also suggested other options such as eating pets and insects.
However, history shows there are potential health risks to cannibalism. For example, a tribe in Papua New Guinea practiced eating their dead as an alternative to allowing them to be consumed by worms. The cultural practice led to an epidemic of a disease called Kuru, also known as laughing death. The disease is caused by an infectious protein found in contaminated human brain tissue. The practice came to an end in 1960.