Composting of human bodies is also called “natural organic reduction”
In January 2023, New York became the sixth city to legalize human composting and additional states are now flocking to permit the practice.
“From cradle to compost: the disruptors who want to make a death greener”
(The Guardian — February 19, 2023)
“Startups rush to gain foothold in a burgeoning industry as New York and California move to legalize human composting….
” ‘ I was thinking about how I personally would like to become a tree after death, and I realized that there weren’t any options out there to make that happen — I’d have to do it myself.’ ”
As of May, 2021, turning human bodies into fertilizer is legal in three states.
The Colorado bill (SB 21-006) was signed into law on May 10, 2021.
The Washington bill (SB 5001) took effect on May 1, 2020.
The Oregon bill (HB 2574) went into law on June 15, 2021
All three states have legalized assisted suicide.
“Human Composting, a New End-of-Life Choice: Turns Bodies Into Soil”
(People Magazine — June 17, 2021)
Some she scattered in a field where she planted herbs and flowers. The remaining soil is in a pile next to their home, ready to feed crops and be given to friends and fellow farmers….”This is the cycle of life. We start from two cells coming together and boom, we’re this miracle creation. And when our spirit separates from our bodies, nature’s set up to disintegrate us into microparticles that will nourish life anew.”
“‘Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust’ — Colorado takes the ancient rubrics literally”
(BioEdge May 30, 2021)
“Last month Colorado became the second American state, after Washington, to permit human bodies to be turned into compost….”
According to environmentalists the resulting product can be used for fertilizer in gardens. houseplants or to replenish open fields. “It is already being done with cow carcasses. Why not humans?”
[Question: Are people cattle? If something is good because it is done with dead cows, is it right to do so for humans? If it is good to eat dead cows, would it be acceptable to eat dead humans? Have many people heard of Soylent Green?]