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While the "Urban Death Project" may sound like the title of Hollywood's latest horror film, it's something else entirely—though perhaps not less macabre.
It's a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has a novel idea when it comes to making burials greener: composting human remains. It calls its system "Recomposition" and says it "transforms bodies into soil so that we can grow new life after we die."
The Seattle Times notes the project has run one experiment thus far involving wood chips and a 78-year-old woman's remains.
Due to overwhelming interest, we are not currently enrolling participants in the pilot program at this time.
Recomposition is based on the principles of livestock mortality composting, a process which creates heat which in turn kills common viruses and bacteria.
Research into mortality composting of livestock has found that the temperature inside the compost reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is high enough to kill off pathogens.
Farmers are using mortality composting in order to safely dispose of their dead livestock, as well as to control odor and runoff.
The Urban Death Project is fine tuning this process to be appropriate and meaningful for humans in an urban setting.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: silo13
I always felt the body way just a mass of meat, after you die it's just dead meat.
Grave yards are just a waste of space to me.
originally posted by: EternalShadow
IMO, graveyards are waystations for the LIVING to deal with the loss of loved ones. A personal memorial they can return to in order to cope with their loss and the inevitability of their own mortality.
Waste of space?