Sunday, November 22, 2020

"Makers of grow-your-own human steaks say meal kit is not ‘technically’ cannibalism"

 Following up on October 30's (2017) "Questions America Wants Answered: Is Eating Lab Grown Human Flesh Cannibalism?" (we're nothing if not tenacious).

From the New York Post, November 20, 2020:
 Ouroboros Steak by Andrew Pelling, Orkan Talhan and Grace Knight on display during the 
"Beazley Designs Of The Year 2020" photocall at Design Museum in London, England

The saying “You are what you eat” may soon become a lot more literal.

A “DIY meal kit” for growing steaks made from human cells was recently nominated for “design of the year” by the London-based Design Museum.

Named the Ouroboros Steak after the circular symbol of a snake eating itself tail-first, the hypothetical kit would come with everything one needs to use their own cells to grow miniature human meat steaks.

“People think that eating oneself is cannibalism, which technically this is not,” Grace Knight, one of the designers, told Dezeen magazine.....


Previously in Cannibal Studies:

News You Can Use: "In a Heated Negotiation? Try Eating Like Your Opponent"
I initially misread the headline as "Try eating your opponent" an error I ascribe to the current political climate and the memory of Alferd Packer, Colorado's most famous cannibal, about whom the sentencing judge said:

"Stand up yah voracious man-eatin' sonofabitch and receive yir sintince. When yah came to Hinsdale County, there was siven Dimmycrats. But you, yah et five of 'em, goddam yah. I sintince yah t' be hanged by th' neck ontil yer dead, dead, dead, as a warnin' ag'in reducin' th' Dimmycratic populayshun of this county. Packer, you Republican cannibal, I would sintince ya ta hell but the statutes forbid it."
This is not the first time Alferd has graced our pages. He was an endnote to 2015's "Trapped In the Snow With That Brother-In-Law Who Won't Stop Talking? Consider the Cannibal Lifestyle" where we pointed out the University of Colorado-Boulder student center was home to the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill.

Prior to that he showed up in a 2007 post on global warming:
UFO science key to halting climate change: former Canadian defense minister
Anyhoo, here's the headline story, our second of the day from ChicagoBoothReview...

Trapped In the Snow With That Brother-In-Law Who Won't Stop Talking? Consider the Cannibal Lifestyle

"Bite Me: An evolutionary case for cannibalism

"Ghost Ship Filled With Cannibal Rats Could Crash Into British Coast" (oh, and the rats are diseased)