Clement Charles

Clement Charles 's thoughts
March 1st, 2014

Eating celebrities

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No, we are not talking about celebrities that are currently eating. Nope, we are not talking about how the paparazzi or the hassles modern life can be “eating celebrities”. Last not, we are not talking about eating the celebrity itself…. Well, actually, we are. Indeed, the BiteLabs‘ project is very much in line with the future of meat, which is in-vitro cultivated meat. In that sense, they propose you to collect tissue / muscle sample from selected celebrities, use it as basis to grow meat tissues in laboratories to finally mix this “in vitro” human meat with animal flesh to create a tasteful salami.

An other slides of Ellen DeGeneres ? Would you care for a toothpick to take off this “James Franco meat” of your theeth ? Still hungry after your tasting of  Kayne West ? Enjoy your meal ! It may seem awful, but at the end of day, meat is meat, protein is protein.

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As discussed previously, I really think the future of meat is in vitro for obvious environmental reasons as well as enjoying the not yet common moral benefit of not killing any animals to feed yourself. To conclude, on why I hardly see any civilized future is not vegetarian if not vegan, I want to remind you the exciting quote from anthropology pioneer Claude Levy Strauss that I shared and translated in a previous post.

 

February 28th, 2014

Claude Lévi-Strauss on meat

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“A day will come where the idea that, to feed themselves, men of the past did breed and massacre living being to then expose indulgently tatters of their flesh in shop windows will inspire, undoubtedly, the same repulsion than the ones inspired to XVI and XVII travelers by cannibalistic meals of the american, ocean or african savages.”

I wanted to share a very important quote with from Claude Lévi-Strauss  was a French anthropologist and ethnologist, and has been called, along with James George Frazer and Franz Boas, the “father of modern anthropology”. The work of Lévi-Strauss was also key in the development of the theory of structuralism and structural anthropology.

His famous quote on the vegetarian future of our species is great, as it reflect the natural and necessary path of change. In the same ways that civilization without wheels could not imagine the train networks, we now getting out of a civilization of the “necessary death” (death is normal, thus if I destroy life, it’s not my fault) towards the one of an “exhaustive and consequential liability” (I should harm any one if I know I am creating harm and can avoid this harms easily). On a more global level, it is reflected in the fact that mankind  – as a whole – and humans – as individuals – cannot blind themselves any more of the consequences of their actions, on both global and local level, on both moral and environmental levels.

The original quote in French is below.

“Un jour viendra où l’idée que, pour se nourrir, les hommes du passé élevaient et massacraient des êtres vivants et exposaient complaisamment leur chair en lambeaux dans des vitrines, inspirera sans doute la même répulsion qu’aux voyageurs du XVIème ou du XVIIème siècle, les repas cannibales des sauvages américains, océaniens ou africains“.

 

 

June 18th, 2013

Food for tomorrow. Bon appétit !

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The question of food for tomorrow is more than central for any one that knows that you don’t do much with an empty stomach. Despite many development and increase in productivity, food supply is not yet (at all) guaranteed. In that context, I wanted to share with you two very interesting, rather exciting for totally different ideas in terms of future of foods.

Based on the image above, I want to share with you the interview with the smart, innovative and shocking couple behind the After Agri project. Discover their tools to produce algae with your breath, to get nutriments from saliva or to cook human placenta for health !!! Impressive, sometime gross, the art work is always asking relevant questions. Read the full interview here.

 

In more practical way, I wanted to share with you this video form the “springfield seed library”. A bit long, not very well filmed, but the presentation and the content shared by architect designer Joseph Krupczynski is really exciting. Personally, I would advice any one that owns a free tin box to start its own seedbank, by collecting seeds in the nature, the streets, the parks, the garden and even some times, buy some in shop and during travel. If you can access some soil and you plan / are planning to do some gardening, leaves some of your crop go to seed, and collect them. Seeds are like any other kind of information: the more dispersed, the better  ; )

Artists and the Future—Art, Food Systems, and Civic Engagement: The Springfield Seed Library from Louisa McCall on Vimeo.