In this two minute video the Insitute for Justice points out the injustice of the Government making entrepreneurs "do useless things for no reason?"
Verlin Stoll has built a successful business because he offers low-cost funerals while providing high-quality service. His business is one of the few funeral homes that benefits low-income families who cannot afford the big funeral-home companies. Stoll wants to expand his business, but Minnesota refuses to let him build a second funeral home unless he builds a $30,000 embalming room that he will never use. Stoll and the Insitute for Justice are fighting back.
In the United States, deathcare has become a $15 billion industry—and a wasteful and toxic one at that. Each year we bury:Joe Sehee, Karen Eller, and others have been successfully promoting green burial around the country. You may laugh and think this sounds like just another eco-trend, but it is the way most of humanity has cared for its dead for thousands of years. The idea calls for returning to the earth without the use of non-biodegradable toxins or materials. As Sehee asks, "remember that ashes to ashes thing?"
—Enough embalming fluid (now made up of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen according to the World Heath Organization) to fill eight Olympic-size pools;
—More steel (in coffins alone) than was used to build the Golden Gate Bridge; and
—So much reinforced concrete that we could construct a two-lane highway from New York to Detroit.
Green burial is not a new concept, what is new is that it is being done in conjunction with restoration planning and conservation management techniques, providing a new tool for protecting endangered habitat at a time when innovative, market-based solutions are needed.In the end, economic viability and ecological sustainability are capable of co-existence "and that may be what it’s going to take to make 'ashes to ashes, dust to dust' once again meaningful," says Sehee.