This has to be the most disturbing article I have ever read.  Evidently, liberals lack a respect for the dead as they lack respect for the unborn.  Several states are trying to pass laws that require proper burials for aborted babies so they won’t be thrown away with medical waste and the liberals are fighting even fighting that law.  Tell me again how liberalism is  supposed to be all about compassion and caring.  Nancy

Washington becomes first state to legalize ‘green funerals’

Process composts human remains into soil

In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Katrina Spade, the founder and CEO of Recompose, a company that hopes to use composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains, poses for a photo in a cemetery in Seattle, as she displays a sample of compost material left from the decomposition of a cow using a combination of wood chips, alfalfa and straw. On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that allows licensed facilities to offer “natural organic reduction,” which turns a body, mixed with substances such as wood chips and straw, into soil in a span of several weeks. Th law makes Washington the first state in the U.S. to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) **FILE**
By Dan Boylan – The Washington Times – Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Washington has become the first state to legalize “green funerals” — the process of mixing human remains with straw and wood chips and placing them in soil to help grow flowers and trees.

The Washington-based firm Recompose has pioneered human composting, which has been hailed as more affordable and environmentally friendly than caskets or cremation — America’s most popular form of burial.

“The idea of returning to earth resonates with many different faiths around the world,” Katrina Spade, founder and CEO of Recompose, told The Washington Times. “And nature is really good at death.”

Some opposition to the new law came from the Catholic Church, which argued that the composting technique fails to follow church doctrine on the treatment of the dead.

But Washington state’s association of funeral directors supported the initiative, echoing sentiments expressed by the National Funeral Directors Association that  the method offers environmental benefits at lower costs.

Criticism over the waste associated with funerals has been on the rise for years.

Cremation relies largely on natural gas and releases toxic pollutants and particulates into the air, while conventional burials involve formaldehyde and other chemicals to preserve bodies, which then are placed into almost indestructible coffins that take up land.

U.S. burial costs range widely, with traditional casket-to-plot costs averaging more than $8,000, with cremation costing roughly $6,000.

Human composting involves placing bodies in “vessels” and using straw and wood chips to create about two wheelbarrows of soil within a month. It costs $5,500, including the price of the required legal paperwork.

Because of the potential benefits offered by “green funerals,” the National Funeral Directors Association is on record as saying most of its members are interested in exploring such options for burial.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee made the move last week, signing into law a proposal to legalize human composting and another process sometimes called liquid cremation, or alkaline hydrolysis, which involves using heat, pressure, water and chemicals to process remains.

According to The Associated Press, alkaline hydrolysis is available in at least 19 states.

Washington’s law will go into effect next May and will include regulations for the process of licensing composting facilities.

Ms. Spade, an anthropologist and architect by training, studied the process at Washington State University with six bodies of people who had donated their remains to the research. In 2014 she founded the Urban Death Project amid her studies about the limitations of traditional burials.

She told The Times the idea for composting humans came from a friend who discussed developments in the decomposition of cows, which employed wood chips, alfalfa and straw.

In a TED talk she delivered last year, Ms. Spade highlighted the core of her philosophy: “When organisms die in nature, microbes and bacteria break them down into nutrient-rich soil, completing the life cycle. In nature, death creates life.”




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