When families plant a loved ones cremated ashes under a tree, or sprinkle the remains in a backyard garden, the bereaved's intentions are for the remains to provide nourishment for the local plants and wildlife, theoretically releasing energy back into the natural cycle of life. Sadly, this is a misconception as cremated ashes are not in a transferable energy form.
Presently, "the physical state of cremation ash is predominately bone tissue in granular form, much like sand or a finely ground gravel. The composition is predominately calcium and phosphorus in the form of a highly stable compound known as rock phosphate (Ca3(PO4)2). All of the liquid and nitrogenous material escapes to the atmosphere in the high heat of cremation." Cremated remains are processed at such high temperatures that it makes them insoluble.
There is now a way to transform insoluble cremation ash (human remains) into a nutritional source for a plant. The benefits are economical, ecological, and emotionally comforting.
By mixing a solubilizer with soil, as a medium for growing a plant, the nutrients can be freed from the cremation ash for uptake and use by the plant, finding that EDTA (CiQHiON2O8) added to cremation ash, with or without citric acid (CoHsOvH20), can "free phosphate from its bond to calcium."
Water-based cremation systems offer NEW benefits to traditional incineration cremations. World leaders in flame-based cremation, such as Therm-Tec in the Portland metro area, are constantly improving the efficiency and design of their systems. Hence, these are generalities about the entire flame-based cremation industry as a whole.
The facts are that during incineration, the following fossil fuels are released:
• hydrochloric acid
• hydrofluoric acid
• sulfur dioxide
• carbon dioxide
• nitrogen oxides
• carbon monoxide
• particulate matter
• hydrogen fluoride
• hydrogen chloride
• and other heavy metals into the atmosphere.
Although special filters are designed to reduce mercury emissions during the cremation process, many chemicals still escape into the earth’s atmosphere.
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