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Swedish Professor: Cannibalism is the Key to Climate Change – not a joke

Swedish Professor: Cannibalism is the Key to Climate Change – not a joke

Behavioral scientist Magnus Söderlund has a new idea to combat climate change, and it’s a bit hard to swallow:

To keep the world fed amid the effects of global warming, we need to start eating things we once found revolting: including insects, our pets, and each other.

Söderlund presented his modest proposal this week at Gastro Summit, a conference about the food of the future in Stockholm. The summit’s tagline was “Food of the Future: Worms, Grasshoppers, or Human Flesh.”

During a speech titled “Can you imagine eating human flesh?,” Söderlund used PowerPoint to present the following talking points:

  • 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?

Söderlund described the taboos against cannibalism as “conservative” and suggested the first step would be for people to taste human meat.

“The person who is to be eaten must be dead,” confirmed Söderlund. “One problem [contributing to people’s unwillingness to accept the idea] could be that dead bodies overall are taboo. In addition, criticism arises against defiling a dead body.”

After the conference, Söderlund claimed 8% of participants told him they would try human meat. When asked if he himself would try it, he said, “I feel somewhat hesitant, but to not appear overly conservative…I’d have to say…I’d be open to at least tasting it.”

Critics insist cannibalism is wrong on an instinctual level and worry that eating human meat could cause significant health problems.

“From what it seems, this story is about preparing the public to accept the disgusting but commonly practiced in the world of antiquity practice of cannibalism,” reports Christian website Shoebat. “This only makes sense, for the more that Christianity and the traces of her disappear from society, the more that the old heathenry returns to fill the void.”

Magnus Söderlund is a behavioral scientist and marketing strategist who focuses on consumers’ reactions to advertisements and products “in a society increasingly obsessed with consumption.”

Söderlund is the Professor of Marketing and Head of Center for Consumer Marketing at the Stockholm School of Economics.

It’s very likely that Söderlund’s speech was a social experiment designed to gauge the public’s response to the idea of cannibalism. For someone of Söderlund’s status to present this idea highlights the need to find food solutions amid the effects of global warming. 

Editor’s note:  Yes, I thought it was a joke too. I can’t conceive of civilized, well educated people advocating cannibalism. But there it is…

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  1. David

    Damn talk about being a fucking idiot this dude is way the fuck out there he should be removed from that college and have his license to teach suspended!

  2. Michael Morgan

    Nuclear War will do it much faster but that is no reason to do it. What a blathering moron.
    First Global Warming is a fantasy and it is a marxist ploy to inflict tyranny on the masses of ignorant people.
    This idiot is an example of the stupidity of the leftists. Let’s see: he obviously supports population control, abortion has been cited as part of the solution. Now he wants to eat the dead…….where will they come from? What is next Euthansia, murder of the disabled, those he considers unfit or maybe we could go into the prisons and slaughter them………SLAUGHTER….. better call it something more benign………like culling the criminals…..wait!! what about LEGALIZING murder, theft, rappppppppe, prostitution, honor killing? If we legalize murder we can hire them to cull the population. See what happens when you are crazy.

  3. art

    Ok Bite me

  4. Jack Schiht

    I only like white meat.

  5. Angela Mickel

    Ok, I KNOW we’ve already done this. Chuck Heston, Soylent Green, anybody? It’s deja Vu all over again. Make mine on rye, hold the mustard.

    • Jeff

      I didn’t think anyone remembered that movie ! Glad to see there’s others out there that do !

  6. William Kananen

    “Soylent Green is people!” Soylent Green is a 1973 American dystopian thriller film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston and Leigh Taylor-Young. Edward G. Robinson appears in his final film. Loosely based on the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison, it combines both police procedural and science fiction genres. The main character,Thorn, boards a human disposal truck to a recycling plant, where he sees the human corpses converted into Soylent Green. He is spotted and kills his attackers, but is himself wounded. As Thorn is tended to by paramedics, he urges his police chief to spread the truth he had discovered and initiate proceedings against the company. While being taken away, Thorn shouts out to the surrounding crowd, “Soylent Green is people!”

  7. Lyudmila

    Magnus Söderlund – Swedish professor: “Cannibalism is the key to climate change, not a joke!” I completely agree with him! I suggest starting with the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, for breakfast, to the Swedish professor (for fake laws) And for lunch, I offer the fart cow AOK (for trying to fake bans on climate change). Bon appetit Magnus Söderlund! The climate was, is and will be regardless of whether you eat them or not. – this is a joke, Mr. Swedish professor

  8. Chris

    Jonathan Swift, anyone? 1729? You mentioned the title in the third paragraph? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

  9. Joe Johnston

    Seemingly, we have a good number of Democrats in the far left that would follow the professor’s thoughts (sic) in gusto agreement. Anything strange fires them up and the delicious idea of eating human flesh, particularly if the meat comes from a Republican, certainly would drive them into a eating frenzy!

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