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New York Approves ‘Human Composting’

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The newest US state to permit ‘human composting’ is New York.

The process has been described as an environmentally beneficial alternative to burial or cremation, turning a deceased person’s remains into soil.

A body is placed in a container and allowed to decay over a period of weeks.

The process is also known as ‘natural organic reduction.’

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Washington became the first US state to legalise the process in 2019.

Following suit were Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, and California.

After about a month – and a heating process to kill off any contagion – loved ones can get the resulting soil to plant flowers, vegetables, or trees.

Headline photo courtesy Gabriel Jimenez (

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