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Engaging in Cannibalism Won’t Help the Environment

Gabriella Hoffman
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Swedish behavioral scientist Magnus Söderlund recently suggested taking up cannibalism can better the planet and curb climate change.

Yes, you read that right. And it’s not a laughing matter. These people are dead serious. More from NY Post:

Stockholm School of Economics professor and researcher Magnus Soderlund reportedly said he 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.”

Soderlund’s argument for human cannibalism was front and center during a panel talk called “Can you Imagine Eating Human Flesh?” at the Gastro Summit, reports The Epoch Times. “Conservative” taboos against cannibalism, he said, can change over time if peoples simply tried eating human flesh.

This subject was discussed in a panel called, “Can you Imagine Eating Human Flesh?” at the GastroSummit in Stockholm, Sweden. Here’s more on the panel:

“Is cannibalism the solution to food sustainability in the future? Does Generation Z have the answers to our food challenges? Can consumers be tricked into making the right decisions? At GastroSummit, you will get some answers to these questions—and also partake in the latest scientific findings and get to meet the leading experts.”

Söderlund also told Sweden’s TV4, “I feel somewhat hesitant but to not appear overly conservative…I’d have to say….I’d be open to at least tasting it.”

Gross. Plain gross. Let’s not emulate the Donner Party, please.

The United Nations is already lecturing us about reducing our red meat consumption to save the planet. The Economist also suggested that while people in third world countries are living longer and healthier lives thanks to meat consumption, it doesn’t bode well for the environment. (Neo-Colonialism, much?)

Will the so-called thought leaders and experts endorse cannibalism next? We should’t put it past them.

This alarmism is dangerous and must be quashed.

Not only is cannibalism a grotesque practice, you can die from it.

Historically speaking, cannibalism has been present in societies where governments ration grain and meat consumption. One prime example was documented in Soviet Ukraine during the Holodomor famine under Stalin’s Five-Year Plan from 1928-1932.

In Bloodlands: Europen Between Hitler and Stalin, historian Timothy Snyder notes how cannibalism was a consequence of forced collectivization. (All the more reason this ungodly practice should never became mainstream). Here’s an excerpt I’ve pulled from the book:

Need I say more?

Technological advancements, economic prosperity, and innovation can do more for the environment than cannibalism. Let’s not lose our humanity when trying to tackle environmental problems.


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