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California legalizes human composting burials

Yahoo Finance's Akiko Fujita discusses a new California law that allows people to be composted as a more environmentally-friendly burial practice.

Video Transcript

AKIKO FUJITA: Well, it is time for a quick detour. Today, we are looking at California with the state offering a new way to, yes, bury the dead. And we're talking about human composting. Governor Gavin Newsom signing a new law that creates a new regulatory process, allowing for something called natural, organic reduction.

Now that means human remains can now be placed in a steel vessel and buried in woodchips and other biodegradable materials. Decomposition reportedly takes 30 to 45 days. Supporters say it's a much more eco-friendly alternative to other burial options like cremation, which emits greenhouse gases. California, by the way, not the first state. It is now the fifth state to allow for human composting following Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and Colorado.