Composting human remains

WND Staff | January 1, 2019 |

Composting humans? Could be legal in 2019

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Don't want your human remains leaching toxic chemicals into the ground when you die?

Don't want to be cremated because of the impact on global warming?

Don't want to take up space in cemeteries?

Just want to save money on the expense of coffins and burials?

Or, maybe the prospect of “becoming a tree” or having a “different alternative” farewell to the world has you motivated for a new option to the old routine of dust to dust, ashes to ashes.

Washington state residents may be given the opportunity to be "human recomposting" pioneers as early as the 2019 legislative year when the bill is introduced this month…

Washington state residents may be given the opportunity to be "human recomposting" pioneers as early as the 2019 legislative year when the bill is introduced this month… Read more...


WND Staff | April 21, 2019 |

'Soylent Green'? State poised to legalize human composting

Charlton Heston's character in the iconic 1973 movie "Soylent Green" famously didn't take well to the news that the ubiquitous green food reflected in the film's title was composed of human beings.

Now, Washington is poised to be the first American state to test public reaction to turning human beings into compost that could provide nutrients for various food products…

“The founder and CEO of Recompose, she wants her company to be the first ‘natural organic reduction’ funeral home in the U.S. …” Read more.


Michael Cook | September 22, 2019 |

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust

But Katrina Spade, the architect who is the boss of Recompose, says that composting has a much lower carbon footprint than either cremation or conventional burial. “I think one of the things for me,” she says, “in addition to that carbon savings, is just having a way to create usable soil. Something that you can go grow a tree with and have sort of this ritual around that feels meaningful.” Read more.

Aborted baby parts are unnecessary for scientific research | Dec 13 2018 | Dave Andrusko

In the video, the Planned Parenthood Medical Director explains why “Dismemberment” Abortion “Checkbox” Skirts Federal Partial-Birth Law. So, it is fine to obtain baby body parts for research…

National Right to Life News has reported… the Trump administration is planning to fund ethical alternatives to scavenging fetal tissue from aborted babies with $20 million over the next two years. This follows a decision by the Trump administration to terminate a “one-year, $15,900 contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources to acquire human fetal tissue ‘for implantation into severely immune-compromised mice to create chimeric animals that have a human immune system,’” according to The Daily Signal.

Tara Sander Lee, Ph. D., an Associate Scholar with Charlotte Lozier Institute, told the subcommittee

I stand before you today with a message of hope. We do not need fetal body parts from aborted babies to achieve future scientific and medical advancements. … [S]cience speaks for itself. After over 100 years of research, no therapies have been discovered or developed that require aborted fetal tissues.

David Prentice, Ph.D, an advisory board member and Chair for the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, talked specifically not only about the ethical issues raised, the importance of federal funding going to therapies that work, but also a number of alternatives… Read more.

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...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind ... the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind ...the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1


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Flesh and Bone and The Protestant Conscience is an e-book on It is 99¢ and in the Amazon lending library as well. It is also available here in PDF format. The book description follows.

Would you let your conscience be your guide?

Does God care if the skin and bone of the dead are passed along to the living for medical uses? Is organ donation OK with God? Should you sign a Living Will?

Did you know that dead organ donors are often anesthetized before their organs are removed? Do you know the current definition of death? The conscience cannot function without facts.

As we ponder the ethics of in vitro fertilization, stem cell research and man-made chimeras, our thoughts trail off. How then should we live? (Ez 33:10)

How should a Christian think about euthanasia by starvation when doctors and the state attorney general all agree it is time to withhold feeding from a brain injured patient? Some things are family matters, but someday it may be our family.

Here is a small book to help you think about whether you want to sign your driver's license, donate a kidney, cremate your loved one, and many other practical questions that may arise in the course of your healthcare decisions or watch over others.

It offers a special focus on the doctrine of the Resurrection that is related to such decisions. Sunday School classes and Bible Study groups could use this book to facilitate discussion about the issues covered.