Could Cannibalism Solve Future Food Shortages?

There's a very good chance that generating food from traditional farming and livestock practices will not be able to keep pace with the world's population boom.

What's the Latest Development?

The United Nations predicts that global population will reach 7 billion by the end of the month and that by century's end, it could be 10 billion. There's a very good chance that generating food from traditional farming and livestock practices will not be able to keep pace with this population boom. Could a system by which aging members of society are selected to provide nutrition to younger generations solve food shortages of the future? Or would it be a strategy for literally eat ourselves out of existence. 

What's the Big Idea?

Ethical objections aside, the numbers do not support cannibalism as humans are much less meaty than domesticated animals like the cows and pigs we currently slaughter. "Even if we heavily supplemented our diet of human 'long pork' with grains, we'd have to consume more fellow humans per year than we could ever hope to replace with new babies." Feeding a population of humans on human meat would require two-thirds of us be eliminated to feed the remaining third.

'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

Sponsored by Northwell Health
  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
  • Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
Keep reading Show less

Elizabeth Warren's plan to forgive student loan debt could lead to an economic boom

A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?

Photo credit: Drew Angerer / Getty Images
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
  • The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
  • The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
Keep reading Show less

Scientists discover how to trap mysterious dark matter

A new method promises to capture an elusive dark world particle.

Surprising Science
  • Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.
  • Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.
  • The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online.
Keep reading Show less

Supreme Court to hear 3 cases on LGBT workplace discrimination

In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.

(Photo by Andres Pantoja/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
  • The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
  • Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
Keep reading Show less