Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Here in the UK we're in the middle of our first industrial farm based outbreak of bird flu. This morning I was amazed to learn that local power stations near this farm normally burn the turkey waste from several of these farms to generate electricity, and they are therefore missing the output from this particular plant, as it's being taken elsewhere to be specially incinerated.

It got me thinking about where such a means of generating electricity leaves vegetarians and Buddhists? To me it seems like they are in a similar position to pacifists who object to seeing their share of general taxation going towards the purchase of arms and weapons.

And it also seems more than a little sick that one turkey is helping to roast another.

This world never fails to surprise me. When does I suppose it will be time for me to checkout. And then I'll maybe volunteer myself so that I too can add a few more Watts to the National Grid - better than than just going up in smoke at the crem!


Blogger Colin Will said...

I'm not sure what is meant by 'turkey waste'. I know that a Haddington contractor specialises in cleaning chicken sheds and transporting the chicken litter to a power station which burns it. There are probably some feathers mixed in with the wood shavings etc, but no actual birds.

10:29 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

See this link Colin, most burn poultry litter, but this plant was granted permission to burn bones etc too:

10:43 pm  
Anonymous Pat said...

Cremation for me. I don't fancy being worm fodder.

6:34 pm  
Blogger Colin Will said...

I didn't know that, apprentice. The answer to your Buddhist question is that we believe all life is "holy", or "sentient", and we should never knowingly take life. There are different schools of thought about what we should do after said life has been taken. One is that it's better to use it than waste it. Some of us do eat meat. Of course it adds to our karma, as well as our waistlines.

11:20 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Thanks for the info Colin I think that seems a very practical approach to take to things. My Great Auntie Effie would have made a good Buddhist ;)

I think it is interesting to know that power is being generated this way, as the link mentions it was an spin-off from the nightmare of BSE.

10:19 am  

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