A Beautiful Sunday here in the golden Gulf Coast……fruit trees are full of fruit…grape vines are starting to climb……and we wait for the stifling heat of Summer waiting for the “season” to begin. And if you are in the Midwest and suffering from that snowstorm…..sucks being you.
Remember in the movie Soylent Green….people were recycled into food after they passed on…..cool, huh?
I like the series on the tube, The Expanse, and in one episode the cop is in the morgue checking on some dead guy…..the ME asked if he was finished because the agri-sphere needed some fertilizer.
Now this is just some ramblings by a blogger right?
Residents in the state of Washington are set to become the first in US to be permitted to be disposed of by so-called “human composting”, a process that rapidly transforms remains into soil and is considered less harmful to be environment than burial or cremation.
Members of the state legislature voted to pass bill SB500l, a measure that would legalise the use of both alkaline hydrolysis and natural organic reduction for human bodies.
The move comes amid growing interest in alternative ways of disposing of human bodies. Supporters of the bill have said they like the idea of their remains being recycled and helping nourish plants or trees.
I once joked that when I died I wanted to be put through a chipper and then spread my remains over a wheat field so I could become a loaf of Roman Meal bread (It was a long time ago)…..those days are not that far away.
But seriously folks…..
Katrina Spade is the CEO of the human composting company, Recompose, and told CNN affiliate KIRO-TV she is hoping her company can be one of the first to build a facility for the practice.
She explained to KIRO the complex process of turning a dead body into soil.
“(The) body is covered in natural materials, like straw or wood chips, and over the course of about three to seven weeks, thanks to microbial activity, it breaks down into soil,” she said.
While the dead body is being broken down, Spade said families of the deceased will be able to visit her facility and will ultimately receive the soil that remains of their loved. It is up to the family how they want to use that soil, Spade said.
“And if they don’t want that soil, we’ll partner with local conservation groups around the Puget Sound region so that that soil will be used to nourish the land here in the state,” she said.
The process was the focus of a new study at Washington State University, according to KIRO, in which six people donated their bodies for research.
“We proved recomposition was indeed safe and effective for humans as well,” Spade said.
My garden awaits (no pun intended)…..a small glass of wine, some Brie and aa few crackers.
Be well, Be safe…..chuq