The governor of New York passed a law legalizing human composting.
Howard Fisher, a 63-year-old investor living north of New York City, has a dying wish: He wants his remains to be placed in a container, decomposed by microbes and turned into nutritious and fertile soil.
Perhaps her composted remains could be used outside the family home in Vermont Or they can be returned to Earth elsewhere. “What my family decides to do with the compost is up to them,” Fischer told The Associated Press.
“I’m committed to composting my body and my family knows it,” Added. “But I would prefer it to be in New York than to be shipped across the country where I live.”
Authorization of Human Fertilizer in New York
Governor Cathy Hochul approved legislation on Saturday to legalize natural biological degradation. Popularly known as human manure, New York has become the sixth state in the country to allow such a burial method.
Washington state was the first state to legalize human composting in 2019. Colorado and Oregon followed in 2021, and Vermont and California followed in 2022.
For Fischer, this option, The ecological method of burial aligns with his philosophical vision of life: living in an ecologically conscious way.
how human remains are composted,
The process unfolds like this: The body of the deceased is placed in a reusable container along with plant matter such as wood chips, alfalfa and straw.
,The organic mix creates the perfect habitat for microbes to do their work, breaking down the body quickly and efficiently in about a month.
The end result is about one cubic meter of soil fertilizer, which is equivalent to about 36 bags of soil.Which can be used to plant trees or enrich protected land, forests or gardens.
Critics of Human Fertilization: The Catholic Church
New York State Catholic Conference, a group representing bishops in the state He has long opposed the new law, saying the method of burial is “unfair”.
A process that’s perfectly suitable for turning pieces of vegetables back into the ground isn’t necessarily suitable for the human body, Dennis Post, the organization’s executive director, said in a statement.
“Human bodies are not household waste, and we do not believe that this process meets our standards for the respectful treatment of mortal remains.Post added.
what is “manure”
Compost is a fertilizer produced from the combined decomposition of organic raw materials, ie wastes of vegetable and animal origin. The result is an earth-like substance that improves both soil quality such as the absorption of water and other nutrients.
Often used in agricultural activity as a fertilizer for crops, Compost is also an attractive ecological option for promoting the growth and quality of garden or vegetable garden plants., This can be done in homes or in large spaces.
Source/ Associated Press Agency