Libertarian Bob Barr Mocks Green Cremation-Your Funeral Guy

21 Jul

The Libertarian  Bob Bar recently put up an article mocking Alkaline Hydrolysis Disposition or Green Cremation. Over the last several weeks much misinformation has been put out in the media on this subject.

The tone of the criticism is that the green cremation or  alkaline hydrolysis machines are  from the green  movement of left wing crazies. All the folks producing the green cremation Machines are entrepreneurs, and not green radicals!

The First Main Objection to this “Libertarian’s Article” Is the headline. “Washing Dead Bodies Down the Drain a New Green Cremation Trend. In Green Cremation, Dead bodies are not washed down the drain, after the process accelerated decomposition fluid is returned to the environment, as  fluid fertilizer  or to water sewage treatment.

This is what happens in Nature, or natural decomposition. What happens at a traditional funeral “EMBALMING ” is much worse Blood and Formaldehyde go right down the drain. Check Out: If Green Cremation is Ugly, Embalming is Uglier.

Barr does not mention that cremation is destructive to the Environment, but  instead he marches into the soylent green uninformed response to Alkaline Hydrolysis.

Soylent Green” was a 1973 science fiction film that starred Charlton Heston. In the movie, a primary foodstuff for an overpopulated and over-polluted world is something called “soylent green,” which is a processed, wafer-like biscuit.  Toward the end of the movie, which depicts a dystopian police state, Heston discovers that the primary ingredient in soylent green is processed human corpses. While the process of dissolving and then reconstituting human bodies into edible products does not yet appear to be on the horizon in the real world, the process of dissolving human bodies into liquids and disposing of them at water treatment plants, is.


Resomation is only one term from one company for Green Cremation Barr insists on attacking it in his article.

The other terms are cycledlife, water resolution, bio cremation, water disposition, water reduction, natural cremation are not even considered in

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Bob Barr was the Libertarian Candidate for President in 2008


2 Responses to “Libertarian Bob Barr Mocks Green Cremation-Your Funeral Guy”

  1. cycledlife July 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Bob Barr wrote about his final disposition wishes. A CycledBurial(TM) would be a better fit for him than cremation. His remains to be placed under a tree would be 25-30% more than with cremation, as no bones are lost to fire with a CycledBurial. So he can truly go “full circle”, it would help if his bones were not first baked for 2 hours at 1,600 degrees F. Baked cremains do not benefit trees. His bones from a CycledBurial would be powdered, pure-white, calcium phosphate. These would serve his proposed purpose.

    “Soylent Green is people!” Bob Barr could have used this quote to incorrectly describe any final disposition option, with the exception of exposure, a CycledBurial, the incineration of humans, or the burying of the dead in the ground. All three of the options greatly reduce the likelihood that the dead will be directly consumed by their survivors. Liking alkaline hydrolysis to Soylent Green is silly.

    Having witnessed cremation, seen decomposed bodies, and watched a CycledBurial process, I am of the opinion that there is no form of final disposition that most people would not find disturbing.

    When Bob’s time is up, may he rest in peace knowing he made an informed decision about how best to dispose of his body. Hopefully, Bob will read your blog, before it is too late and 96% of his remains are spewed into our atmosphere. Though, it may seem a fitting ending for him to end up as hot air.

    CycledLife’s website,, offers a comparison of the final disposition options.

  2. matthewscremation July 28, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    Our BIO Cremation website just went live last night. We hope it will help to dispell some of the myths surrounding the alkaline hydrolysis process and accelerate state legislation. Please check out

    I heartily concur in regards to the statement above – until someone creates a way to have the body disappear into a cloud of marshmallow-scented sparkles, the decompsition process is going to be icky at best – no matter how you do it. Best thing anyone can do is pick a method that uses least amount of resources, doesn’t harm the earth and also gives survivors the opportunity to create the closure they need.

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