Your body would be dissolved in lye and turned into a brownish, coffee-colored syrupy residue, in what is clearly a very environmentally friendly technique. The liquid has the texture of motor oil and spreads a strong ammonia (urine-like) smell, but it is sterile and can be poured down the drain. In US, animal carcasses have been melted using this method for the past 16 years.
The process requires large stainless-steel cylinders resembling pressure cookers to achieve 300o C heat and 60 pounds (27 kg) of pressure per square inch (6.25 square cm). In US, these cylinders are made by BioSafe Engineering (Brownsburg, Indiana). At the moment, only two U.S. medical centers (the University of Florida in Gainesville and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota) employ this technique on human bodies, while the procedure itself is legal in Minnesota and New Hampshire. 40 to 50 other centers employ alkaline hydrolysis for human medical waste, animal carcasses or both.
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