Scientists Create Edible Meat from Human Cells, Probably Not Cannibalism
Scientists have engineered a way of developing edible meat from human cells in the current quest to find protein sources for human consumption without massive animal farming. Co. says, no worries. Not cannibalism. Right?
A company aiming to solve the world’s hunger problem while reducing the need for massive farming operations filling the world with greenhouse gases thinks they have found the perfect solution: Edible meat made from human cells.
The breakthrough is the work of scientists who specialize in regenerative medicine in developing biomaterial for spinal cord treatments, Mysterious Universe reported.
According to a press release from its developers, their aim was to reduce the consumption of animal flesh and all of the environmental and health issues associated with it.
“A group of American scientists and designers have developed a concept for a grow-your-own steak kit using human cells and blood to question the ethics of the cultured meat industry.”
Go eat yourself
Here’s where it gets freaky. The flesh doesn’t come from just any old human. You actually “grow” the edible meat from cultures taken from your own flesh.
According to the press release:
“Ouroboros Steak could be grown by the diner at home using their cells, which are harvested from the inside of their cheek and fed serum derived from expired, donated blood.”
The first thought any rational human being would have is, how is this not cannibalism? Even if it’s grown from your flesh – you’re still eating human meat.
The company argues against cannibalism, writing in its press release: “People think that eating oneself is cannibalism, which technically this is not.”
The company adds: “Expired human blood is a waste material in the medical system and is cheaper and more sustainable than FBS, but culturally less-accepted.”
As a side note, there’s a very gruesome short story by Stephen King on this very subject called “Survivor Type” that first appeared in his 1985 collection Skeleton Crew. It’s about a doctor stranded on an island forced to survive by eating tiny pieces of himself, and as Axl Rose sang in “Mr. Brownstone…” “the little got more and more.”
The brand name the company chose is Ouroboros Steak. There’s a whole lot to unpack here about this moniker.
If you’re a fan of Dan Brown, you’re probably already familiar. It was mentioned in his novel The Lost Symbol.
The ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a snake/serpent/dragon consuming its own tail. Its first known appearance is in ancient Egypt.
Ouroboros is derived from an ancient Greek word meaning tail-eating.
The symbol is used prevalently in the occult, most notably in Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and alchemy. It’s also a phallic symbol.
The symbol’s meaning has to do with regeneration, specifically, cyclical renewal, life, death, and rebirth.
With all that in mind, taking a piece of your flesh, turning it into food to consume, have your body regenerated into more flash, and further your cycle of life – it’s easy to see how apropos this moniker is.