Blooming Bullets

The US Army Officially Requests: Blooming Bullets…

The Department of Defense recently made a request for biodegradable, seed-planting training ammunition. The document lays out a plan to replace the current components used in training rounds with biodegradable materials that contain seeds that “grow environmentally friendly plants that remove soil contaminants.” The report also notes, “animals should be able to consume the plants without any ill effects.”

If the plan ever comes to fruition, it could help reverse the environmental damage wrought by Army training. The ammunition the Army seeks to replace with the biodegradable bullets include everything from mortars to artillery rounds—materials that, while ranging in size, can cause significant environmental contamination. The Army suggests that potential manufacturers use biodegradable polymers like those found in modern-day compostable plastics for the bullets.

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