Cory Collins wrote:A previous article posted in this forum talks about a recent bill passed in Washington state legalizing human composting—also known as “liquid cremation.” According to e article the process turns human remains into soil. It may be a bit uncomfortable, but I'd love to hear more about the actual process of human composting if Elizabeth knows about it.
Mark Kissinger wrote:I'm interested in how the "liquid burial" concept will work in a desert rangeland setting.
One worry might be amount of water used in the process—about 300 gallons per corpse. Gloria says this might be a consideration during droughts but is otherwise a drop in the bucket. “If every Californian who died in one year used water cremation, it would amount to 64 million gallons of water in that year,” he says. “One L.A. [water] treatment plant uses more than 500 million gallons in a day.”
Ian Young wrote:Of course, my feeling is that if you're in a sparsely inhabited desert rangeland, we should probably make laws that allow you to leave a body out in a quiet place in the land and let scavengers take care of it. Nothing greener or more sustainable (or cheaper) than letting nature do the recycling.
Matthew Nistico wrote:
What we need is a revision in the laws that have been built up to protect various facets of the burial industry,
Ian Young wrote:Ah, I think we've accidentally conflated two very different methods of body "disposition" because the bill in Washington legalized both of them. There's liquid cremation aka alkaline hydrolysis, and then there's human composting, which is quite literally composting.
Tyler Ludens wrote:In the US, most burial practices are determined by mortuaries, not by law...
Devin Lavign wrote:...even though I have a 40 acre homestead, the burial laws here say you have to have an official cemetery run by a corporation to be buried, which makes home burial a bit difficult...
Seosamh Devine wrote:In our family we were shocked a year ago when one of my wife's big brothers (a mere five years older than me) was felled on holiday, by an ultimately fatal heart attack. Weeks later his body arrived back from abroad in ,a zinc lined box embalmed of course as required by the international rules -- written, I presume by the industry.
Xisca Nicolas wrote:In the US they talk about making compost in 1 month which I found very fast...
I Europe I have found that they talk about a 1 year process.