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“Soylent Green” Becomes Reality…Maybe

Scott on November 3, 2006 at 1:06 pm

Sometimes truth is as strange as fiction, and as an old college professor of mine used to say, sometimes fiction is simply fact waiting for time to catch up with it.

In this case, I am referring to the parallels between this CNN story about the potential end to all edible seafood by 2048 due to over-harvesting -and- the 1973 classic sci-fi flick “Soylent Green” staring Charlton Heston in which the public at large is reduced to eating a product called Soylent Green. Soylent Green is advertised to the population of 2022 as being made from soy products and nutrients (plankton and such) from the sea, but in reality is…(SPOILER ALERT: DON’T READ FURTHER IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW THIS ENDS)…but in reality is made out of the recycled remains of humans who die and are sent to the Soylent Corporation’s processing plants.

I don’t know how reliable the study is that the article is based upon. It comes out of a small university in Canada (Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada). We’ll have to wait and see if the study and research is solid and to be sure it wasn’t tainted by overzealous scientists with an unchecked desire to proclaim environmental catastrophe and/or a need for public attention.

But it does make me wonder.

(By the way, before resorting to eating people, I’m thinking that we could find other sources of animal protein…dog, cat, possum, squirrel, etc. I’m thinking that I wouldn’t enjoy my summer bbq nearly as much if I knew that it may have been my blogging partner John just a short week before!)

John’s Update: There are already some skeptics of the study speaking up. That’s not to say there’s nothing to it. Certain markets have instituted very strict controls (abalone, king crab) to prevent over-fishing. It does seem like a real danger. On land we’re farmers but at sea we’re still behaving like hunter-gatherers. I don’t think that can continue forever.

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