A Swedish scientist speaking at a summit in Stockholm in September offered a disturbing solution for combating climate change: eating human meat.
Magnus Söderlund, a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics reportedly stated he believes eating human flesh, taken from corpses, could be key to saving humanity if only the world would “awaken the idea.”
“Conservative” taboos against cannibalism, he stated, can change over time if humanity simply gave eating human meat a try.
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Some of the seminar’s talking points included whether people were to “live sustainably” and if consuming humans would be the solution to food sustainability in the coming years.
When questioned during an interview after his speech whether he would personally try human meat, Söderlund 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 shared with Sweden’s TV4.
In addition, he suggested other menu options, such as insects and pets.
But before humanity considers cannibalism as its next cuisine trend, we must look at history and the potential health risks.
Reportedly, a Papa New Guinea tribe practiced eating their deceased in order to avoid letting them be consumed by worms.
The cultural custom led to a disease epidemic called Kuru, also referred to as laughing death.
According to the United States National Library of Medicine, the disease is caused by an infectious protein located inside contaminated brain tissue.
The people of New Guinea stopped practicing cannibalism by the end of 1960.
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