Minnesota adopted a two-year moratorium on new cemeteries offering green burials, beginning 7/1/23. A related study has been ordered of the environmental and health impacts of green burials. The Green Burial Council has released this statement about the moratorium:
"The Green Burial Council supports and advocates for the legal creation and operation of green cemeteries for all faiths and secular communities across the United States. It also understands that in some instances local public opinion may be in opposition to any cemetery, green or otherwise, and it is important to garner local support for any successful venture. But, we believe that a moratorium on the formation of new green cemeteries in all of Minnesota is ill-informed and does not benefit the citizens of this, or any other, state.
The research that has been conducted demonstrates that green burial is a natural, efficient, and safe disposition option when best practices are followed. Establishing a natural burial site can be a meaningful way for a community to connect to the environment in their care and express their belief systems. By meeting the need for a simple way to be returned to the earth, and ensuring that the land will be cherished by families for generations to come, green burial is something that all Americans, and Minnesotans, should be allowed to choose for themselves or their loved ones."
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