THE MUSHROOM DEATH SUIT IS THE LATEST IN POST-MORTEM, ECO-FRIENDLY FASHION
"The Infinity Burial Suit is available in pod form for animal burials as well, and it is these pods that are set to launch next month. The human version will become available as early as April or May of 2016. The suit already has a waiting list, which is "in the hundreds," according to co-founder Mike Ma. People are interested in the suit because they want to "exert their own agency beyond what the traditional funeral industry currently offers," Ma says.
Location: Grand Valley of Colorado's Western Slope
posted 4 years ago
I saw that TED talk a while back, and loved it. I think if we don't die for awhile, there will be more options, and more availability. I'm planning to live a few decades more, so maybe it'll be ready for me by then, and a place to legally plant me as well!
The problem of how to dispose of large dead animals and returning the nutrients in their flesh to the environment has been solved by farmers for many years. You compost them!
I have done this myself with dead pigs and dead cows, and it works. You simply lay the cadaver on a bed of carbon rich material, like wood chips, saw dust , old straw, chipped up yard waste, etc etc and then burry the remains with LOTS more wood chips etc. ( in the case of cows you need to lance the belly to prevent explosion before covering the body up.)
Done right you can stand beside 1800lbs of rotting dead flesh and not smell anything and biohazards are not leeching into the soil (the bed you laid the body on soaks up all that nastiness). The compost heats up fast, killing any pathogens and after a year all you are left with is nice rich compost and bones. Collect the bones, have a big bonfire through the bones in the embers and you have made some nice bone meal.
Fungal spores that are everywhere in our environment will natural colonize the compost heap and would I would think remediate toxins in our bodies. But I suppose the woody material in the compost could be inoculated
Mushrooms are like us. They breath air and eat plants and animals and need a comfortable temperature. Since the shrooms need air and warmth , wont the bodies have to be left at the surface, not buried 6 feet down? I can not wrap my head around how what she is proposing, just wrapping a body in mushroom suit would not end up stinking of death and decay and attract all kinds of carrion eaters . Think about it, most people want to visit the site of their loved ones remains. Would you want to visit Grandma and see and smell her decomposing and see her bones spread around after coyotes had torn her apart?
When I die I'd to be composted just as I have described. Lay me down like cord wood with other recently deceased people who also cared about our planet who did nt want to tie up real estate in vain memorial to ourselves or to burn fossil fuels needlessly and cover us up with saw dust, yard waste, or humanure I don't care and let nature take its course. After the composting is done, dig some holes and fill with the compost and bones and plant slow growing white oaks. If someone wants to put up a memorial plaque with all our names on it, that's OK with me. In 300 years when the trees are becoming over mature, tanic acids from its roots have dissolved our bones, and everyone who ever knew us is long since dead, cut the trees down and build timber framed houses.
Does nt that sound better than a mushroom suit?
The sun's a light bulb and the moon is a mirror-- Gord Downie
Location: Grand Valley of Colorado's Western Slope
posted 4 years ago
Yeah, Jeff, I like your plan better. I WANT to become one with the earth again, not be cremated, not embalmed. I have loved the soil so much in my life, loved the life all around me.
What I think is important about this is that people UNlike me are starting to talk about options other than cremation or embalming with extravagant coffin, expensive real estate. That's what it will take to release the industry's "death grip" on that grief torn phase of our lives when we lose someone we love. It begins a conversation that does not require everyone to follow that wasteful pathway that seeks to sequester our human remains, hold them separate for all eternity. The mushroom suit is expensive, that gives someone else, or the progressive undertaker, an opportunity to make a profit. When someone is going to be making a profit, the doors often open wide enough for some of us "odd balls" to get through with our "frightening" beliefs, desires, practices.
As long as some "progressive" politician doesn't get it into his head to create legislation that says we must all buy one form or another of the undertaking industry's line of products, it will be an improvement. The "green" cemetery concept is new, and there are few. Without those, we're forced in to some thing.
There is another TED talk that proposes some kind of direct composting process, complete with rituals surrounding putting the body in the vat. I can't remember the name of it.
I can say this though, dead bodies are controlled substances. They can only be released to non-undertakers under special circumstances, and if someone dies at home, again, someone official is supposed to certify cause of death, and then don't you know it, those "authorities and regulators" become very interested in what happens to that formerly living human body. One benefit of the myco-suit, is that if regulators come to understand the function of it, then there is a better chance that when I die, my kids can put me in the mushroom suit and bring me home to cover with wood chips.
Another idea of one of my offspring: "We can tie balloons to your hands and rocks to your feet, and throw you in the ocean. It will look like you are dancing!". I don't think she thought that all the way through. I live more than 1000 miles from any ocean, whats left of me would have to be transported across state lines, and someone would have to find an ocean going craft, and worthy crew to get out beyond US waters. It could be a great party, but it's their problem, not mine. My parents are all taken care of. The only way I'll have to face the puzzle of what to do with a dead body, is if one of my children dies before I do. The co-parent will be the most difficult to deal with but having dealt with him, I'll be the perfect prey for the undertaking industry. Grief strickened, not thinking clearly, and just needing a clear pathway, so I can get to the point of sitting down alone with my grief until I feel able to go on. The fully legal mushroom suit and a place to plant it, would provide that.
I'll be sure to remember the wood chips. If you want, and you're looking for a place, you can share the hole.
I know not everyone lives in Texas (lucky them! ) but Texas has unique laws regarding disposal of human bodies. Here we can, with little rigamarole, plant our loved ones on our own land. Many old properties have cemeteries on them - there's one about a half mile from our house.