Bury, cremate … or compost your body? California considers adding third legal funerary option

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California lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow human bodies to break down in the soil after they die. The process is called “natural organic reduction.” Photo by Shutterstock.

California has two legal ways to dispose of bodies when people die: burial and cremation. Now state lawmakers are considering adding a third legal option: composting. Deceased bodies would be returned to the soil to break down in a process known as “natural organic reduction.” Assemblymember Cristina Garcia is behind the bill. 

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