Yes, you read that right, but don’t worry; this is entirely cruelty-free.
Cannibalism in Western civilisation is a massive no-no but it has been known in some cultures and in the animal kingdom too, mostly out of desperation for food. Did you know that 9 places in the World have still been known for cannibalism in recent years?
For human cannibalism to strive now absolutely no one has to die, so is it really wrong? In the Netherlands in 2013, scientists came together and proved it was possible to grow beef in a lab, it was eaten in London by food critics, and funded by the co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin who gave £215,000 towards the research.
With many people now turning to vegetarianism and veganism, this scientific breakthrough could lead everyone into living a life eating truly sustainably sourced ‘meat’ and cruelty-free too. When you buy meat, you also buy into breeding and sustaining the animals, if meat can be grown from a single cheek-swab from a cow, then surely this will be cut down too.
If beef can be grown in a lab from cells, then human meat can be grown too, but can we really imagine ourselves tucking into a slice of human meat around the dinner table? The human species inherently knows that eating other humans isn’t something we should be doing, and it’s for good reason too.
When you eat the meat of a human you will be subject to contract any diseases it holds. The Fore people of Papua New Guinea are a prime example of this, in their funeral traditions, they eat the remains of loved ones which is seen as highly respectful, however, it causes them to contract a deadly disease called Kuru.
Kuru is a form of prion disease, which is a group of uncommon but deadly brain diseases caused by eating contaminated flesh, the brain contains the most, although, bone marrow, the spinal cord and the small intestine also contain malformations. The disease, in essence, eats away at the brain causing deterioration, loss of motor control and death. The only way known to stop this is to stop the practice of cannibalism.
If we were to eat lab-grown meat, people may worry that these brain diseases could still be contracted, regardless of the reassurance that the cells were taken from a ‘non-infected’ individual.
Now, let’s talk about the marketing of such synthetic meat, can people get past the fact that they are still eating human? The real test would be to actually introduce it and see how it is taken by consumers, it will be a very much market-driven product and even then, we can imagine it will only be available in the quirkiest venues.
Is lab-grown human meat the chosen dish of the future or shall we stick to what we know?