While I’m on a California farm retreat from technology, I’m still scanning the airwaves a few times a week for the super weird stuff that you should know about. Here’s one I couldn’t pass up: bullets that sprout plants… after a few months.
Not only are bullets a physical hazard, but they’re an environmental hazard, too. At US Army training facilities around the world, hundreds of thousands of spent shells litter proving grounds. Because there is no efficient way to clean up the shells, they’re left where they fall.
But that’s a problem. The shells, which contain metal and other chemicals, can rust and pollute soils and groundwater.
The DoD wants to do something about it, though. They’re soliciting proposals for biodegradable bullets “loaded with specialized seeds to grow environmentally beneficial plants that eliminate ammunition debris and contaminants.”
Such materials best suited for these bullets could include the same biodegradable plastics used to make water bottles or plastic containers. Or it could be some other material altogether.
According to the request for proposal, the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory has already developed and tested seeds that can be embedded into a biodegradable composite. They’ve been bioengineered to germinate only after they’ve been in the ground for several months.
Read the rest on Seeker
My thought: The US Army could save a lot of fuss and mess if they just skipped a few steps and made all of their guns shoot actual plants in the first place. Imagine the broccoli bunch bazooka, the angry asparagus assault rifle, and the cantankerous curried cauliflower cannon. The next war could be 100% edible.