New California Law Allows Decomposing Human Remains to Be Used as Compost

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New California law will allow human remains to be used as compost, beginning in 2027, as an alternative to cremation to fight climate change. The process involves placing the body inside a long, reusable steel container along with wood chips and flowers to aerate it – allowing microbes and bacteria to do break down the remains. Approximately one month later, the remains will fully decompose and be turned into soil. The law fails to address the sale of the resultant soil and/ or using it to grow food for human consumption. Washington, Colorado and Oregon have all legalized the process of composting human remains. However, Colorado does not allow the soil to be sold or used to grow food for human consumption.

  • A California law makes it legal to turn human remains into compost 
  • The process involves placing the body inside a reusable container along with wood chips and aerating it to allow microbes and bacteria to do their thing
  • The law, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week, takes effect in 2027 
  • ‘With climate change … this is an alternative method of final disposition that won’t contribute emissions into our atmosphere,’ the bill’s author said

California will begin offering the option of human composting after death thanks to a bill recently signed into law that aims to tackle climate change.

Human composting, also known as natural organic reduction (NOR), would be an option for residents who don’t want to be buried or cremated upon their death – starting in 2027.

The process involves placing the body inside a long, reusable steel container along with wood chips and flowers to aerate it – allowing microbes and bacteria to do break down the remains.

Approximately one month later, the remains will fully decompose and be turned into soil.

Advocates for the bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, have said that NOR is a more climate-friendly option.

Cremation in the U.S. alone emits about 360,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to National Geographic.

The bill bans the combining of various peoples’ remains unless they are related.

But it does not make it illegal to sell the soil that results from the process or use it to grow food for human consumption.

‘AB 351 will provide an additional option for California residents that is more environmentally-friendly and gives them another choice for burial,’ Democratic Assembly member Cristina Garcia, the author of the bill, said in a statement.

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Robert Powell
Robert Powell
2 months ago

Well, as an old analyst, the connections to China, who has been in this business for a very long time is beyond belief. This found in the HUAC may 1959 journal: /Users/robertpowell/Desktop/huac2pdfpersecution-210713182038.pdf

This document I have loaded on my Slideshare account. This document includes the process now being sold as the “latest Thing” while pure Atheism and or Humanism.

MJRaichyk
MJRaichyk
2 months ago

Well amazing how the democrats can make a very sensible and highly sanitary process into a damnable climate change piece of excrement… 1) it’s hard to fathom why the FAMILY of the DECEASED wouldn’t want those ”remains” just like people do with cremation… only for a homelike garden area 2) the compost you buy in the store, foolishly thinking it’s vegan or whatever nonsense is behind these stupid fears, was likely the remains of animals that didn’t make it through FACTORY FARMING operations, along with the animal excrement cleaned from the barns etc… 3) the process is called THERMOPHILIC COMPOSTING… Read more »