From Dust to Compost

posted for your amusement by Jack

According to KCRW, a California lawmaker is pushing legislation that would allow families to compost their loved ones and turn their remains into soil, a process called human composting.

“I would love to be a tree one day,” said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies, who introduced Assembly Bill 2592 to allow for human composting. “This service will provide an additional option for California residents that is more environmentally friendly and gives them another choice for burial.”

Supporters say human composting doubles as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as it saves the equivalent of one metric ton of carbon compared to traditional burials or cremations.

“With climate change and sea-level rise as very real threats to our environment, this is an alternative method of final disposition that won’t contribute emissions into our atmosphere,” said Garcia.

The state of Washington became the first state to allow human composting when Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law last year permitting the practice and allows families to forgo traditional burials and cremations in favor of so-called human composting. The law goes into effect in May.

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5 Responses to From Dust to Compost

  1. cherokee jack says:

    They can grind me up to make Big Macs, stuff me and put me in a corn field, or skin me to make lampshades, but as a matter of principle, I refuse to go along with anyone who wants to use me to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  2. Harold says:

    “soylent greenhouse” = “greenhouse gas emissions.” “

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