Two things about this article bug me. First of all, no one can quantify what they mean by \"accumulated toxins.\" This is just one of those BS marketing phrases that make weak minded people think they need to buy something to get rid of these phantom toxins or waste money on overpriced organic foods.
Second, and more importantly, this is a solution in search of a problem, and really something that has no business in a technology oriented magazine.
William Blackburn
I agree with the first comment, I do not believe three\'s any evidence that our modern bodies are so full of \"accumulated toxins\" that we can only be sent to hazmat waste recycling facilities.
Michael Glazer
Interesting.. but silly if this is to be taken seriously :)
Can anyone say \"pork barrel\" projects ..
Gene Jordan
If they could develop a \"spray on\" version or a shotgun, mortar, or grenade delivery system for this technology, this would really help defend against the eventual Zombie Apocalypse.
Charles Bosse
Aren\'t there already several varieties of fungus that are more than happy to digest our skin and tissue? Ring worm comes to mind.
Phydeaux: there are lots of good reasons to purchase organic food, but you are right that \"toxin accumulation\" is not a great one. We do, of course, accumulate and disperse all kinds of toxins over the course of our lives, but most are biodegradable and easily dealt with by a normal healthy body. However, once we are dead normal burial procedure tends to include introducing all kinds of toxins into the body before stuffing it under several feet of concrete. I think I am happy enough to go in the incinerator rather than wearing some funky suit to the grave, but I can see that some people want to mark out a bit of land as some place Walmart will have a little extra trouble rebuilding.
Shouldn't the title be the "Soylent Green Burial Project"? Just thinking about it makes me hungry. So remember Tuesday is Soylent Green day.
The toxin part may be hype but anything that will keep the body snatchers from profiting is good. Mark Twain talked about the cost and suffering they cause in \"Life on The Mississippi\" It\'s still true today.
And I use the term body snatcher because I\'ve worked for them and know what they do.
What\'s green about shipping dubious products around the world? Get buried in the earth without a casket, without any products. - That\'s green.
In Tibet, thy feed your dead flesh to vultures. This way you provide sustenance for other living things without expending extra energy or fuel.
If you\'re going to make false claims about accumulated toxins and sell products to ship around the world using supply lines, planes, and trucks plus the energy used by the factories in which their made, you\'re not really going green.
Page Schorer
Although i agree about "accumulated toxins", which goes along with such myths as 8 glasses of water a day, 20 year old corn flakes in your colon, health benefits of organic food, the benefits of taking vitamins (and almost any other 'food supplement'; i think the lady is quite creative. I seriously doubt if the project is 'pork barrel' if by that term one means 'paid for by the government'. Anyway doesn't the burgeoning world population suggest that shortly we will need very energy efficient ways of disposing of corpses? We certainly will not be able to bury them all and cremation is not energy efficient. Besides think of all the fine mushrooms we can harvest.
I'm 74 and I'm for it. Probably be a candidate pretty soon...
Michael Price
i can see it now. these fungi grow out of control growing on everyone. eating everyone.
time to write novel.