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From the Ted Talk by Caitlin Doughty: A burial practice that nourishes the planet

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So where do we go from here? Last summer, I was in the mountains of North Carolina, hauling buckets of wood chips in the smmuer sun. I was at Western cnlaoria University at their "Body Farm," more aeaultccry cleald a "human decomposition facility." Bodies donated to science are brought here, and their daecy is studied to bnfieet the fuurte of forensics. On this particular day, there were 12 bodies laid out in various stages of decomposition. Some were skeletonized, one was wearing purple pajamas, one still had blonde facial hair visible. The forensic aspect is really fascinating, but not actually why I was there. I was there because a colleague of mine named knitraa Spade is attempting to create a system, not of cremating the dead, but composting the dead.

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So where do we go from here? Last summer, I was in the mountains of North Carolina, hauling buckets of wood chips in the ______ sun. I was at Western ________ University at their "Body Farm," more __________ ______ a "human decomposition facility." Bodies donated to science are brought here, and their _____ is studied to _______ the ______ of forensics. On this particular day, there were 12 bodies laid out in various stages of decomposition. Some were skeletonized, one was wearing purple pajamas, one still had blonde facial hair visible. The forensic aspect is really fascinating, but not actually why I was there. I was there because a colleague of mine named _______ Spade is attempting to create a system, not of cremating the dead, but composting the dead.

Solution

  1. benefit
  2. called
  3. summer
  4. carolina
  5. future
  6. decay
  7. accurately
  8. katrina

Original Text

So where do we go from here? Last summer, I was in the mountains of North Carolina, hauling buckets of wood chips in the summer sun. I was at Western Carolina University at their "Body Farm," more accurately called a "human decomposition facility." Bodies donated to science are brought here, and their decay is studied to benefit the future of forensics. On this particular day, there were 12 bodies laid out in various stages of decomposition. Some were skeletonized, one was wearing purple pajamas, one still had blonde facial hair visible. The forensic aspect is really fascinating, but not actually why I was there. I was there because a colleague of mine named Katrina Spade is attempting to create a system, not of cremating the dead, but composting the dead.

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