Have you ever wished you could do more to save the doomed world? Do you believe people belong to the earth, rather than the other way around?
Do you consider extreme environmentalism delicious?
Boy, have I got a diet plan for you.
At the Gastro Summit last week, Stockholm School of Economics professor Magnus Soderlund floated an idea of how to fight global climate change: You are what you eat, so just be human.
As reported by The Epoch Times, during a panel discussion titled “Can You Imagine Eating Human Flesh,” Magnus asserted we could toss away the taboos of cannibalism if only we try.
From the article by Celia Farber:
[Magnus] refers to the taboos against it as “conservative” and discusses people’s resistance to it as a problem that could be overcome, little by little, beginning with persuading people to just taste it. He can be seen in his video presentation and on Swedish channel TV4 saying that since food sources will be scarce in the future, people must be introduced to eating things they have thus far considered disgusting—among them, human flesh.
Food will be scarce?? Are we to believe dystopia will take away our beloved Vienna Fingers??
At least we’ll have each others’. And perhaps the old adage is true: Maybe planetary salvation tastes like chicken.
Don’t be offended — people eating you isn’t personal; it’s just business. Yet “business” doesn’t seem something for which Magnus has much respect: Part of his plan is to eat away at capitalism.
Conflating resistance to eating human flesh with capitalist selfishness, the seminar’s talking points ask:
“Are we humans too selfish to live sustainably?
“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.”
The author points out, however, that cannibalism can bring about disease and brain damage (I’ll leave it at that).
But Magnus is free from the unwieldy confines of a limited palette. When asked by TV4 if he’d personally give it a go, he preferred being a Flying Purple People Eater — minus the lavender wings — over coming across as a plain ol’ stick in the mud:
“I feel somewhat hesitant, but to not appear overly conservative…I’d have to say…I’d be open to at least tasting it.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has assured us all: We’ll be but a memory of the cosmos in 12 years (here). If you dare to believe we may stave off that promised fate, Magnus Soderlund’s got you covered. As well as scattered, chunked, and diced. And to get there, maybe also smothered or capped.
— Λdrøn (@Adron) March 30, 2016
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