L.A. Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Allow Composting of Human Bodies Statewide

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A spruce tree is planted north of Doddington, England, on March 22, 2018. (Credit: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

A spruce tree is planted north of Doddington, England, on March 22, 2018. (Credit: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

A Los Angeles lawmaker wants California to allow for human composting, an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial or cremation in which the dead are turned into soil.

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.

“I would love to be a tree one day,” said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), who introduced Assembly Bill 2592 to allow for human composting, or “natural organic reduction” as the upstart industry calls the process. “I think this is about giving people another option.”

Washington’s law goes into effect on May 1, with a Seattle business called Recompose preparing to open a funeral home that offers the service in early 2021. Recompose’s process involves placing a body into a vessel with wood chips, alfalfa and straw, allowing it to be decomposed by microbes and reduced to a nutrient-dense soil in about a month.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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