Liz Klimas' post on January Jones the Placenta Eater got me thinking.
This trend of consuming one's own "after-birth" is really gross -- and not only in the whole "that's-super-nasty" way," but also in the "isn't-that-cannibalism?" sort of way.
Before you discount eating placenta as akin to eating a booger, consider that it's not simply a secretion or compound that the body creates and then vacuates.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "placenta" is something more:
1: the vascular organ in mammals except monotremes and marsupials that unites the fetus to the maternal uterus and mediates its metabolic exchanges through a more or less intimate association of uterine mucosal with chorionic and usually allantoic tissues;
So, if a human is consuming a human organ, isn't this cannibalism?