Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Human Compost or Soylent Green?

Here's an idea that probably isn't for everybody. How about turning your body after you die into potting soil? You can reincarnate into tulips, kale, a tree or perhaps even, Soylent Green

37 year old Seattle resident Katrina Spade is finding out how well the human body composts in a compost pile full of carbon, like wood chips and saw dust with added moisture and nitrogen. She has placed the body of a 78 year old woman into a compost pile in North Carolina and is tracking the decomposition progress.

Charlton Heston in the movie Soylent Green
This whole study seems gruesome, but consider that unless you are Jesus or Enoch, you are probably going to face a similar fate. Most of us die and remain on earth. That creates the problem of where to put all of us after we die? In the movie "Soylent Green" with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson, the problem was too many people and not enough food. The solution was to turn people, after they die into food called Soylent Green. In the movie they lied to the people and (spoiler alert) they said Soylent Green was made from plankton from the seas, but the seas were dead. At the end of the movie Heston who plays a cop finds out where the people that die are being taken, and finds out the horrible truth that they are being turned back into food for those still alive.

This study by Katrina Spade is along the same lines in that, with compost we can grow more food to feed to more people. There are other cost benefits and environmental benefits as well.With all of the positives I still wonder how well this would go over with the general population? Would you volunteer to be compost if it meant that your family didn't have to pay for a super expensive funeral?

See the whole New York Times Story here.




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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting,Tom. Really something to think about.

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  2. Thanks for posting,Tom. Really something to think about.

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  3. "Would you volunteer to be compost if it meant that your family didn't have to pay for a super expensive funeral?"

    Yes.

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  4. "Would you volunteer to be compost if it meant that your family didn't have to pay for a super expensive funeral?"

    Yes.

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