According to Colorado Democratic State Representative Brianna Titone, human corpses are better than fertilizer for composting the soil, which is why she decided to introduce a new bill to allow a legal system of “human composting.”
The bill has already passed one house of the legislature. It is now just a couple of votes and one signature away from joining Washington State as the only ones at the moment to offer people the possibility of turning their human bodies into soil fertilizer after death.
It would reportedly cost about the same as cremation, but funeral homes would take some time to implement it before Coloradans could use it.
The controversial bill, which sets aside any sacred conception of the human body, would allow “human remains to be turned into soil using a container that accelerates the process of biological decomposition, also known as ‘natural reduction.'”
The bill clarifies that the fertilizer achieved must be used to grow plants but prohibits it from growing food for humans or animals. An issue that will be impossible to control should the legislation pass.
SB21-006, the “Human Composting” bill, was on the verge of being approved last year but could not be passed after the sessions’ suspension due to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus pandemic. Now it is back in the debate again and with greater public recognition.
Other states such as California, Oregon, and New York are also considering human composting this year but have yet to move forward with anything concrete.
“It’s a groundbreaking idea in a state that prides itself on natural beauty and opportunity,” said Democratic Sen. Robert Rodriguez of Denver, who is one of the bill’s sponsors.
The Catholic Church has already come out against the initiative, and the Colorado Catholic Conference issued the following statement:
“The Catholic Church teaches that human life and the human body are sacred, and the human person’s dignity is the foundation of a moral society. The conversion of human remains to soil does not promote human dignity.”
It continued, “The Church’s objection is based on its belief that man is made in God’s image and likeness as a unified compositum of body and soul. While the Church does allow for cremation with limitations, the reduction of human remains into soil is not consistent with the Church’s theology of bodily resurrection and the promotion of human dignity and dominion over the earth.”
Recompose already offers human composting in Washington state and does so in a “natural organic reduction” facility, similar to a crematorium.
The body is placed in a bin filled with alfalfa and wood chips, and four weeks later, it has decomposed into pure soil before being delivered in the form of soil to family or whomever.
The owner and founder of the company, Katrina Spade, tells the website that a friend of hers once told her that farmers have been composting livestock carcasses for several decades. So, she thought, “if it can be done for cows, why not for humans too?”
Spade’s reasoning brings the same degree of importance to a human body as a dead animal. This question is the one that generates the most contradiction in the religious and conservative environment.