Urban Death Project proposes to use corpses as compost. Is Soylent Green far away?

Soylent Green

Soylent Green is a 1973 science fiction film starring the late Charlton Heston. The film depicts a dystopian 21st-century Earth of pollution, overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty, dying oceans, and constant humidity due to the greenhouse effect from global warming.

In 2022, with 40 million people in New York City alone, housing is dilapidated and overcrowded; homeless people fill the streets; about half are unemployed, the few “lucky” ones with jobs are only barely scraping by, and food is scarce. Most of the population survives on rations produced by the Soylent Corporation, whose newest product is Soylent Green, a green wafer advertised to contain nutritious “high-energy plankton” from the oceans.

It turns out Soylent Green is made not from plankton, but from human remains.

Katrina Spade42 years after Soylent Green the movie, a Seattle architect named Katrina Spade has a proposal, the Urban Death Project, to turn human corpses into compost for plant food.

Simply put, families of the deceased surrender the corpses to the project to rot in a 3-story recycle building.

Urban Death Project

As described on Urban Death Project’s website:

The Urban Death Project is a compost-based renewal system. At the heart of the project is a three-story core, within which bodies and high-carbon materials are placed. Over the span of a few months, with the help of aerobic decomposition and microbial activity, the bodies decompose fully, leaving a rich compost. The Urban Death Project is not simply a system for turning our bodies into soil-building material. It is also a space for the contemplation of our place in the natural world, and a ritual to help us say goodbye to our loved ones by connecting us with the cycles of nature.

This is how Urban Death Project envisions the process to be:

1. The deceased may be stored in a refrigerated space for up to ten days before the ceremony takes place. There is no embalming because decomposition is an important part of the design.

2. Those closest to the deceased meet the body in the shrouding room, where they wrap it in simple linen. Supportive staff are on hand to assist in this process.

3. Mourners enter the facility and walk up to the top of the core where they say goodbye to the deceased at the laying in.

“Laying in” refers to placing the corpse into a mixture of woodchips and sawdust.

Over the next few weeks, the body decomposes and turns into a nutrient-rich compost, which is given to the deceased’s family or spread in national parks.

The project’s founder Katrina Spade says she got the idea from animal composting. She plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign on March 30 to build a prototype system by 2020. She admits the project will face legal problems and envisions “It’ll be state-by-state, a lot of small campaigns. It’s about telling people this is an option that works.”

H/t Daily Mail
Here’s an article for Catholics on the proper treatment of the cremated ashes of loved ones: “Concerns about Cremation: Some Very Strange Practices are Emerging“.
~Éowyn

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TrailDust
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This woman has to be a demoniac.

MA in MO
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Amen to the demonaic/satanic comment. However, I know that on Judgement Day the dead shall rise and be held accountable, so no matter what is done to a person’s body, it will be reunited with their soul/spirit on that day and they will be held accountable before the Great I Am! Personally I think I will keep my body intact though. May the Lord come quickly because this world is getting very wicked.

josephbc69
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Katrina Spade is just one more in the line of Utilitaran philosophers, starting w/ Jeremy Bentham, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Bentham.
Bentham once proposed that deceased people should be embalmed and positioned upright on stone pedestals, then placed to furnish shade in places where trees don’t grow well. Well, we have here the first instance of a Spade calling a spade a spade, when it comes to final thoughts on the subject.

art
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art

Mmmmmmmmm soylent green! Sometimes I wonder how many hellywood movies are really predictive programming crumbs dropped for the zombie masses to pick up
I have always felt extremely repulsed at the thought of eating people, also feel the same way about handling reptiles, snakes in particular
I remember watching a documentary long ago where researchers took some meat samples from freshly dead humans, cooked them up to see what human tastes like. Nope didn’t taste just like chicken. According to them people taste like pork
I can just see the promotional add “Try human, the other other white meat

Mike howrightismike
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She looks like death warmed over.

japoa
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Is that a real female ? Looks like a metro-sexual to me !….Let’s make compost out of this p.o.s., see how she likes that idea

DCG
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So research shows that “microorganisms present in the wood chips and sawdust break down odorous gases into H20 (water) and CO2 (carbon dioxide). In addition, the wood chips and sawdust act as a filter, adsorbing any remaining odorous gases.” Then why does everyone I know with a compost pile keep theirs as far away as possible from their homes’ doors and windows? Oh that’s right – rodents. But they have the problem solved: “mechanical ventilation is used to aerate the process and ensure that no trace of odor is emitted.” Oddly, people complain that process (in combination with heavy chemicals… Read more »

JFT
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Reblogged this on Scoop Feed.

Jane Dough
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This Katrina guy sure has some wacky ideas.

Connie
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Connie

What kind of humans sit around and think this stuff up ! God have mercy on your children and come quickly . All I can think is @”&”‘n@&7);/$(£€%#~\~€ MERCY AND SHAKE MY HEAD !!!!!!!

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miche
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The stuff nightmares are made of. This person’s (if they really are one) heart and soul must have already been seared with a hot iron.

BobToonist
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BobToonist

Hey ….. I just came up with a good use for Washington, D.C. (District of Compost) and all the politicians therein……

Mary
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Mary

In the centuries (at least 30 to 40 of them) before the modern world came up with embalming and expensive, highly commercialized funereal practices, people were very simply wrapped and usually placed into a container made of some naturally decomposing material (such as wooden boxes), and were either placed in the ground or in a cave upon their deaths. What this (admittedly creepy looking) lady is proposing is therefore not all that amazing and would not have been considered too far out of the ordinary in the historical past. I think what folks are taking issue with here is the… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Oh, and one more thought: Calling it the “Urban DEATH Project” doesn’t exactly warm one up to the idea, now does it? Again, this seems to imply that Ms. Spade is of Darwinian ilk. Maybe a better name for her concept might convey a little less of the horror of finality and a little more understanding of the process.

Dave
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Guess we now know what the stinking commie pukes intend for us conservatives.
-Dave

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Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this fascinating post. The looks of this woman are downright weird, which gives us an idea why she called this matter the “urban death project.” It seems to imply that rural people who die would not be treated in this manner. What the hey? The name she gives her idea reminds me of the term, “community organizer”. What a bunch of crap!

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John Molloy

When the stuff hits the fan, Ms Spade can be used as compost.

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