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January 1, New York Approves Human Composting Law



New York has approved a new burial method: natural organic reduction, AKA human composting.

The Empire State became the sixth U.S. state to approve human composting when Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed the legislation on Saturday. Washington was the first state to do so in 2019, followed by Colorado and Oregon in 2021, and Vermont and California in 2022.

The process involves the deceased individual’s body being placed into a reusable vessel with plant material, such as wood chips, alfalfa, and straw. The organic mix creates an ideal habitat for naturally occurring microbes to do their work, quickly and efficiently breaking down the body in about a month’s time.

The end result is a cubic yard of nutrient-dense soil amendment, equalling about 36 bags of soil, that can be used to plant trees or enrich land, gardens, etc.

Human composting could be considered an enticing burial alternative in areas like New York City, where land is limited.

But not all New Yorkers are onboard with the idea of human composting.

The New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the state’s bishops, had opposed the legislation, decrying it as “inappropriate.”

“A process that is perfectly appropriate for returning vegetable trimmings to the earth is not necessarily appropriate for human bodies,” Dennis Poust, the organization’s executive director, said in a statement.

“Human bodies are not household waste, and we do not believe that the process meets the standard of reverent treatment of our earthly remains,” he added.

Katrina Spade, the founder of Recompose, a Seattle-based funeral home that offers human composting, said the method “feels like a movement” among the environmentally-conscience community.

“Cremation uses fossil fuels and burial uses a lot of land and has a carbon footprint. For a lot of folks being turned into soil that can be turned to grow into a garden or tree is pretty impactful,” Spade said.

Source: AP



  1. LMB

    January 5, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    Well, now they have an answer to the Homeless population problem. Next, it will be Soylent Green for NYC!!!

  2. JohnB

    January 5, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    Composting humans is CARNAGE. Just one slippery mortal misstep from Cannibalism. This is not a Dystopian Movie. Cinema is no longer a Morality Play. Tell New York to get a grip on human reality

  3. Michele

    January 5, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Read Slent Spring years ago and saw movie made of Soylent Green. While true
    we must clean up our carbon footprint I personally never want to see life
    terminated before it starts to be, agonized fetuses gasping for breath. When every individual realizes Only God is author of Life and only He has final say
    I never want to be standing before God as He issues whether we merit heaven
    or hell for ETERNITY. My own preference is to follow National Oceanographic rules
    after cremation. Wrap up bodily remains & return me to ocean. Body disintegrates faster there than on earth and certainly healthier than what we fill oceans with today.

  4. ARL

    January 5, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    What about the skeleton?

    • mike

      January 5, 2023 at 10:56 pm

      bones, ie calcium, magnesium, manganese…good plant nutrients…NOTHING i want my plants growing in!
      NOT a shocker with the DEMENTIA crats in charge…they have turned EVERYTHING upside down!

  5. alan

    January 5, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    I am not against this as a funeral choice. Personally, I like what the Indians (both here and India Indians) do, leave the carcass out and let vultures feed on it. These types of corpse disposal do not remove any ceremony options! It wasn’t too long ago bodies were treated with arsenic and it polluted ground water. Also cremation was considered taboo once. The body does not need embalming.

  6. kurt gandenberger

    January 6, 2023 at 6:50 am

    i should like to compost kathy hochum as soon as possible.

    • Kevan

      January 6, 2023 at 9:05 am

      You betcha.

  7. Kevan

    January 6, 2023 at 9:07 am

    You betcha, Kurt.

  8. maxi

    January 6, 2023 at 9:34 am

    well, since the gov. respects us as much as cockroaches, this is the next step. Now is this optional or will it be forced in the future. According to a higher source so many will die and remember depopulation is their goal, that burial won’t be possible. My higher authroity states that buzzards will do some good.

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