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Human composting burial legalized in California


Human composting burial legalized in California
By Olivia Land
September 20, 2022 9:35am  Updated

Human Composting - The New Environmentally Friendly Alternative To Cremation

Ashes to ashes, dust to … dirt?

Californians looking to honor the Earth even after death will soon be able to choose to have their remains composted in the Golden State.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Sunday that will allow human compost burials, or natural organic reduction (NOR), in the state beginning in 2027.

Assembly Bill 351, introduced by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, frames the organic decomposition of human remains into soil as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional burial methods.

“With climate change and sea-level rise as very real threats to our environment,” Garcia said in a statement in June, “[NOR] is an alternative method of final disposition that won’t contribute emissions into our atmosphere.”

One step closer.

Ashes to Soylent; Dust to Soylent.

The instructions with my compost barrel said not to put meat into it, just vegetation.  :pondering:


--- Quote from: mountaineer on September 20, 2022, 06:32:27 pm ---The instructions with my compost barrel said not to put meat into it, just vegetation.  :pondering:

--- End quote ---
It's okay, I figure the people that choose this are probably closer to vegetables than meat, at least that lump on their shoulders.

Human composting is an accelerated method of human decomposition. It is scientifically referred to as Natural Organic Reduction (NOR). The body is placed in a steel container along with wood chips, alfalfa, and straw. Oxygen and heat are applied to the container to speed the process of decomposition.

So it's kinda like crockpot vs flame broil?

Bear poop is about as composted as it gets... so of course I am in favor of the idea.


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