The placenta economy: From trashed to treasured bio-products

  title={The placenta economy: From trashed to treasured bio-products},
  author={Charlotte Krol{\o}kke and Elizabeth Dickinson and Karen A. Foss},
  journal={European Journal of Women's Studies},
  pages={138 - 153}
This article examines the human placenta not only as a scientific, medical and biological entity but as a consumer bio-product. In the emergent placenta economy, the human placenta is exchanged and gains potentiality as food, medicine and cosmetics. Drawing on empirical research from the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Japan, the authors use feminist cultural analysis and consumer theories to discuss how the placenta is exchanged and gains commodity status as a medical supplement… 

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