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    California Has Legalized Human Composting

    By 2027, Golden State residents will have the choice to turn their bodies into nutrient-rich compost

    Sarah Kuta

    Sarah Kuta

    Daily Correspondent

    September 21, 2022 3:21 p.m. Soil in handsHuman composting transforms corpses into nutrient-rich soil. Pixabay

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    California has joined a growing number of states that allow residents to compost their bodies after death. A new law, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, directs California officials to develop regulations for the practice known as natural organic reduction by 2027.

    Washington became the first state in the nation to legalize human composting in 2019, followed by Colorado and Oregon in 2021. Vermont legalized the practice in June 2022.

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    Human composting typically involves putting a body into a steel vessel, then covering it with organic materials like straw, wood chips and alfalfa. Microbes break down the corpse and the plant matter, transforming the various components into nutrient-rich soil in roughly 30 days. Staffers at special human composting funeral homes then remove the compost from the vessel and allow it to cure for two to six weeks. Family members can then use the human compost like any other type of compost, such as by mixing it into a flower bed, or they can donate it to be spread in conservation areas.


    Each body produces about one cubic yard of compost, according to Recompose, a funeral home that specializes in human composting headquartered in Seattle. The soil “returns the nutrients from our bodies to the natural world” and “restores forests, sequesters carbon and nourishes new life,” per the Recompose website.

    “Natural organic reduction is safe and sustainable, allowing our bodies to return to the land after we die,” says Katrina Spade, Recompose’s CEO, in a statement, as reported by the Sacramento Bee’s Stephen Hobbs.

    Advocates tout human composting as a more environmentally friendly alternative to cremation, which accounts for more than half of all body dispositions in the United States and is expected to become even more popular over the next few years, according to the Cremation Association of North America.

  • It's no biggies to me either. I'm all for being wrapped up in cheesecloth and buried out in the woods somewhere. Just not that hip on eating veggies that may have grow out of uncle Bob's ass.

  • That will be the most usefull some of those people will ever be.

    "The members of Congress know, from their colleagues in Congress, that, uh, you know, the, looks like a tornado, they don't call them that anymore, that hit the crops and wetlands in the middle of the country, in Iowa and Nevada. It's just across the board,"

  • Ever.

    What the Fuck was that?

    Some guy Hiroshima, Japan August 6, 1945 08:15:47

    Some guy Nagasaki, Japan August 9, 1945 11:02:44

    Some guy Chernobyl, Ukraine SSR April 26, 1986 01:23:03

    Some guy Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant March 11, 2011 11:28:37

    Hillary Clinton, November 8, 2016 22:07:32

    Secret Service Agent attending Biden/Pope Francis meeting October 29, 2021

  • I don't know about that. The half-life on meth is milliseconds.

    What the Fuck was that?

    Some guy Hiroshima, Japan August 6, 1945 08:15:47

    Some guy Nagasaki, Japan August 9, 1945 11:02:44

    Some guy Chernobyl, Ukraine SSR April 26, 1986 01:23:03

    Some guy Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant March 11, 2011 11:28:37

    Hillary Clinton, November 8, 2016 22:07:32

    Secret Service Agent attending Biden/Pope Francis meeting October 29, 2021

  • There are many ppl who would wants this done after their death. I keep telling my wife to dump my corpse deep in the woods. Let nature do it’s part.

    If people do not display wisdom, they will crash like blind moles and then mutual annihilation will commence.


    you ain’t black! -Joe Biden, 2020

  • I thought the objective of composting was to try to keep proteins and disease carrying meat out of it. They could not use this in a farm or anywhere food is grown. They'd have to transport it to someplace relatively desolate and free of vegetation. Where are they going to find a place like that in California?


    I actually kinda fail to see how this is much different than being buried without a coffin.

  • Maybe they should recover the water and store it in many vast subterranean caches.


    Then they could sustain their population

    What the Fuck was that?

    Some guy Hiroshima, Japan August 6, 1945 08:15:47

    Some guy Nagasaki, Japan August 9, 1945 11:02:44

    Some guy Chernobyl, Ukraine SSR April 26, 1986 01:23:03

    Some guy Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant March 11, 2011 11:28:37

    Hillary Clinton, November 8, 2016 22:07:32

    Secret Service Agent attending Biden/Pope Francis meeting October 29, 2021

  • Maybe they should recover the water and store it in many vast subterranean caches.


    Then they could sustain their population

    You would have made Frank Herbert proud were he still alive.

    "The members of Congress know, from their colleagues in Congress, that, uh, you know, the, looks like a tornado, they don't call them that anymore, that hit the crops and wetlands in the middle of the country, in Iowa and Nevada. It's just across the board,"

  • He was onto something.

    What the Fuck was that?

    Some guy Hiroshima, Japan August 6, 1945 08:15:47

    Some guy Nagasaki, Japan August 9, 1945 11:02:44

    Some guy Chernobyl, Ukraine SSR April 26, 1986 01:23:03

    Some guy Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant March 11, 2011 11:28:37

    Hillary Clinton, November 8, 2016 22:07:32

    Secret Service Agent attending Biden/Pope Francis meeting October 29, 2021

  • There is a real rise in the number of people who choose cremation. Costs are involved of course.


    Another cool one is the making a gem stone out of your charcoal.... That seems kinda cool. Wish I had a small gemstone from airheads body to inlay into the grips of the gun I got from him. Not creepy at all to me.. I have the cross my mexican wore and have inlaid it into the grips of a favorite Dan Wesson 44 magnum.


    If you die and I inlay something of yours into one of my guns? It means I liked you.


    lazs

    "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."



    Pancho Villa, last words (1877 - 1923)

  • I don't care about my earth suit

    What the Fuck was that?

    Some guy Hiroshima, Japan August 6, 1945 08:15:47

    Some guy Nagasaki, Japan August 9, 1945 11:02:44

    Some guy Chernobyl, Ukraine SSR April 26, 1986 01:23:03

    Some guy Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant March 11, 2011 11:28:37

    Hillary Clinton, November 8, 2016 22:07:32

    Secret Service Agent attending Biden/Pope Francis meeting October 29, 2021

  • Thinking of possibly cryogenically freezing. But then I think why?

    - "It’s a beautiful vax."

    - "I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful 'shot' for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all,"


    Donald J. Trump

  • I don't care about my meat suit after I am gone, but I do wonder why the Egyptians and even royalty like the recent Queen prefer to have their meat suits preserved as they do. Why?

    - "It’s a beautiful vax."

    - "I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t President, you wouldn’t be getting that beautiful 'shot' for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all,"


    Donald J. Trump

  • Because they don't understand.

    What the Fuck was that?

    Some guy Hiroshima, Japan August 6, 1945 08:15:47

    Some guy Nagasaki, Japan August 9, 1945 11:02:44

    Some guy Chernobyl, Ukraine SSR April 26, 1986 01:23:03

    Some guy Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant March 11, 2011 11:28:37

    Hillary Clinton, November 8, 2016 22:07:32

    Secret Service Agent attending Biden/Pope Francis meeting October 29, 2021

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