We’ve already touched on the potential dangers of a new method of liquifying corpses used by at least one crematory in the United States, but another trend in the environmental movement may prove even more disastrous in the fight against the undead.
Natural burials avoid the negative environmental impact of standard burial and cremation practices. The body isn’t embalmed, a quick-rotting wood casket replaces steel, and the hole is dug a shallow 3.5 feet deep, rather than the traditional 6 feet. All of this allows the newly deceased to return to the earth rapidly, and with little or no residual impact.
This greener process may also ruin the viability of one of the safest places to hide in an urban zombie outbreak: the cemetery.
Because zombies cannot rise from traditional cemetery plots, many experts have suggested seeking out the nearest graveyard when caught outside with the undead about. But if the people buried therein are no longer drained of their blood, treated with toxic chemicals, and encased in a metal tomb yards under ground, all bets may be off.
The New Ecologist offers this illustration of the two burial styles side-by-side: