The state of California is known for enacting some odd laws and allowing practices that aren’t common in other states. While the state itself looks beautiful, and I’m sure a lot of Californians are lovely people, the lawmakers there don’t seem to have a lot of sense. Many of California’s biggest cities are overrun with crime and the streets are filled with visual drug use all hours of the day. But rather than try to make the state better for all, California’s lawmakers are concerned with human composting. In 2027, composting will be a legal form of burial. But what are the potential implications of this weird practice?
What is human composting?
Human composting is an alternative to cremation or traditional burial. It’s not a common practice and most people have likely never heard of it. But since California plans to offer it as an option, it’s crucial that people understand how it works and the possible negative implications of the widespread use of composting human bodies. The deceased is placed in a special vessel with “optimal conditions” to help the body break down quickly. Once the body is composted into soil, it can be used on the garden of your choice. This practice is all the rage among the climate change group as they seem to think it will reduce the human impact on the earth. But surely there are also some serious things to consider before we began turning our loved ones into garden fertilizer.
What could go wrong?
Human composting just sounds wrong. But could it actually be harmful? One thing to think about is the spread of disease. If a person dies with a harmful condition or communicable disease, would that remain in the “compost?” If it did remain, could it be harmful? Using human compost in areas where food is grown seems unsanitary. California grows a lot of produce. That produce is then shipped all over the country. Once human composting becomes legal, you could be buying berries, avocados, or tomatoes that were grown in compost made from human remains. Would this produce be labeled as such? I’m sure there are many people who would be opposed to eating food grown in that way. Ethically, should produce growers have to report when they’re using human compost?
Human composting is not a common practice. But it is legal in some states. With California’s recent law and other states introducing bills to legalize what may be called “recomposition” it could get more popular. But what are the moral, ethical, and health implications of composting a human body? Environmentalists would have you believe it’s better for the planet. It just seems to be another attempt to devalue human life.