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Monday, April 22, 2019

Washington State Could Become First State to Allow Human Composting

TreeWashington state Senate and House of Representative passed bill 5001 on Friday which would allow residents to take part in natural organic reduction” of human remains. The bill reportedly passed easily and with bipartisan support, having taken years in the making to get the bill this far.

Research showed that careful composted human remains could be safe for use in a household garden, and that a trial that involved six backers that agreed to organic reduction. The results were positive and “the soil smelled like soil and nothing else." Democratic state Sen. Jamie Pedersen stated that, “People from all over the state who wrote to me are very excited about the prospect of becoming a tree or having a different alternative for themselves.” The process will reportedly cost $5,500.

See Edmund DeMarche, Washington State Could Become First State to Allow Human Composting, Fox News, April 21, 2019.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/2019/04/washington-state-could-become-first-state-to-allow-human-composting.html

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