Prof. Magnus Soderlund of the Stockholm School of Economics has recommended the practice of cannibalism to curb climate change.
The Swedish scientist said this while speaking at the Stockholm summit last week. He said eating meat from dead bodies could help save the world if considered.
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 people simply tried eating human flesh.
Some of the talking points at the seminar included whether humans were too selfish to “live sustainably” and if cannibalism is the solution to food sustainability in the future.
When asked during an interview after his talk if he personally would try human flesh, Soderlund said he was open to the idea.
He suggested more plausible options such as eating pets and insects.
Cannibalism, however, has its downsides and can easily be seen in a tribe in Papua New Guinea, which practiced eating their dead as an alternative to allowing them to be consumed by worms, according to the Standard. The cultural practice led to an epidemic of a disease called Kuru, also known as laughing death.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, the disease is caused by an infectious protein found in contaminated human brain tissue. The practice of cannibalism among the people of New Guinea came to an end in 1960.
*with additional reporting from New York Post