Washington poised to become first state allowing 'human composting'

Washington poised to become first state allowing 'human composting'
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Washington state lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeNo more food fights: The case for issue-specific presidential primary debates Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D) legislation that would legalize the composting of human remains.

The bill would allow for "human composting" or "natural organic reduction” as an alternative to traditional burial. Under the accelerated decomposition process, human bodies would turn into soil within weeks, according to The Associated Press.


The state Senate and state House each approved final versions of the bill Friday, sending it to the desk of Inslee, a 2020 presidential candidate who has made environmental issues the centerpiece of his campaign.

A spokesperson with Inslee's office told the AP that the governor is reviewing the bill, while adding that "this seems like a thoughtful effort to soften our footprint."

Democratic state Sen. Jamie Pedersen, a sponsor of the legislation, told the AP that technology allows for "better options" than traditional "means of disposing of human bodies."

“It is sort of astonishing that you have this completely universal human experience — we’re all going to die — and here’s an area where technology has done nothing for us," Pedersen said.

"We have the two means of disposing of human bodies that we’ve had for thousands of years, burying and burning," Pedersen added. "It just seems like an area that is ripe for having technology help give us some better options than we have used.”