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California Legalizes Human Composting


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Composting has gone wild in California…

Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed a new bill that legalizes the process called natural organic reduction which is best known as human composting.

California isn’t the first state to legalize the process rather it’s the third state behind Oregon and Washington.

The process of human composting consists of placing a dead human inside of a container and then putting wood chips, alfalfa, and straw which break down the body and as a result turns it into soil.

Check out what the Hill had to report:

Californians will soon be able to compost themselves and loved ones after death.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law this week directing state officials to create regulations for human composting, a process known as natural organic reduction, by 2027.

Washington became the first state to legalize organic reduction in place of cremation or a traditional burial in 2019, followed by Oregon and Colorado in 2021.

Vermont legalized the practice earlier this year, and a bill legalizing human composting passed both the New York state Assembly and Senate this spring. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has yet to sign the bill.

The process works by placing the deceased in a special vessel and covering them with a mix of wood chips, alfalfa and straw allowing for a mix of microbes to break down the body.

The New York Post covered the bizarre story too:

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.”



 

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