Lawmakers mull 'human composting' burial bill

At the State Capitol Friday, lawmakers discussed a so-called "human composting" burial bill.

John Craven

Mar 16, 2024, 12:22 AM

Updated 30 days ago

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At the State Capitol Friday, lawmakers discussed a so-called "human composting" burial bill.
Human composting is officially known as "terramation."
Over two months, organic materials like straw, wood chips and alfalfa naturally break down the body in a sealed vessel.
The process produces up to 250 pounds of nutrient-rich soil.
Lawmakers want to study the controversial idea before committing to it.
On Friday, a legislative committee approved a study group.
"We often, in this building, will pass legislation and then realize there are unintended consequences that need to be fixed later. But I think we all agree that when it comes to human remains, there is no margin of error," says state Rep. Christine Palm.
On Friday, a legislative committee approved a study group, including funeral directors, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Consumer Protection.
"Terramation" is already legal in New York and several other states.


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