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The US army is hoping to create biodegradable bullets in an effort to minimise the impact that empty ammunition has on the environment.
The Department of Defence sent an official request to create bullets with seeds inside, which, after being in the ground for a few months, would grow.
[The DoD want to] develop biodegradable training ammunition loaded with specialised seeds to grow environmentally beneficial plants that eliminate ammunition debris and contaminants.
It isn’t random seeds, either: they will be specialised for the local environment, and will “grow environmentally beneficial plants that eliminate ammunition debris and contaminants”.
The surrounding wildlife will be able to “consume the plants without any ill effects”.
Proposals will be considered until 8 February. After that, a prototype will be created and tested with training ammunition.
Bullets will range from 40mm – 120mm training rounds.
Who knows? If successful, this scheme could be rolled out to live ammunition.
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