Would you eat human cheese made from breast milk? And if you would — or wouldn’t — what does the idea of it mean to you? Humans produce milk (specially for little humans to eat), and the most ‘local’ mammals in our midst in New York City are human. Why is drinking cows milk considered normal and ‘natural’ but drinking human milk is off-putting for many? Artist Miriam Simun recently opened the Lady Cheese Shop to offer up human breast milk cheese at the Michael Mutt Gallery in the East Village in New York to ask these very question. The Lady Cheese Shop is a thought experiment come to life where nursing moms make cheese from breast milk to offer up to a mass market of non infant consumers (right now its just an art exhibit, not am actual store). The Inhabitat crew was on hand for the Lady Cheese Shop tasting, and we were surprised to see that a lot of people came out from all over New York to sample the human cheese. Watch our video, above, to see the taster’s reactions to the human cheese.
In the world of environmentalism, manufacturing and production are becoming increasingly popular subjects — we talk about vehicle manufacturing, factory pollution and factory farming at long length — but how about people as producers?
In New York City there are eight million people and not one cow. If you really want to be local, the mammals in your midst are humans.
“Humans already produce milk and you can turn it into cheese. I decided to try it and then with the Lady Cheese Shop I invite people to use their imagination for a few minutes and imagine what this means as a real commodity,” artist Miriam Simun said about her experiment. Visitors to the gallery entered alternately confused and excited to try this exotic commodity.
Though, is it really all that exotic? As Simun noted, “as a New Yorker, eight million people not one cow. If you really want to be local, the mammals in your midst are humans. If you really want to be ‘natural’ what is more natural than human milk?” We were on hand at the shop to ask people their thoughts on the cheese — we queried them on how it tasted and whether they enjoyed it — and what they thought about the idea of bringing it to market. Some visitors thought this truly local commodity could be a huge hit but it turns out the monetary costs might make it impossible — tune in to our video above to see how much human milk actually costs.
+ The Lady Cheese Shop