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Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants Paperback – April 1, 2007
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Nitrogen pollution of lakes, rivers and oceans by human urine is a growing problem. Liquid Gold shows how urine can safely be used to grow food, fuel, fiber and beautiful landscapes while protecting the environment and providing free and safe fertilizer. Featuring a short history of urine use-from ritual to medicinal and even culinary-and many whimsical illustrations, this great bathroom reader is an ideal gift for irreverent gardeners, homeowners, campers, environmentalists and anyone who urinates.(2006-11-08)
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I think I was expecting "more" - but then again - I had just finished reading "The Humanure Handbook" by Joseph Jenkins, and was expecting a similar treatment of the subject.
Steinfeld makes all the right points and does so in an interesting manner, but her method is more one of presenting possibilities than one of presenting a plan. It seems as though she is "reporting" - showing us pictures and descriptions of how folks have used urine. She doesn't seem to have a "passion" for the subject - something that people who do things radically different from others generally need to see the project through. Steinfeld is also diametrically opposed to Jenkins on best methods: She suggests separating and using the urine separately while "disposing" of the solid waste material by conventional methods. Jenkins is quite adamant about collecting and using liquids and solids together and recycling them both - a much more ecological and economically-sensible suggestion.
(I'd LOVE to see these two authors review each others books!)
I would still recommend this book for folks with a couple of *extra* dollars to spend or those just interested in learning how people past and present use urine. For those interested in shouldering the greater responsibility of properly, safely, and beneficially recycling their ALL of their "waste" I would suggest "The Humanure Handbook" instead.
In all fairness and to Steinfeld's credit, "The lore and logic of using urine to grow plants" is an accurate description of this book's scope.
I use it undiluted on my leave compost pile.
Thanks...George KellyLiquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants
PS. Anyone who disputes the logic of using human-fluids to grow plants, need only turn to the actions of the grandfather of logic: Dr. Spock (not to be confused with the child psychologist Mr. Spock!). Who could forget the episode of Star Trek in which he relieves himself into the ship's yucca plant?
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I was really looking forward to getting and reading this book about human liquid waste.
After reading it however there was about four pages on how to use the stuff (which was... Read more
A bit long-winded regarding history of urine. Not exactly the agri-lab manual I was looking for. That said, a short pleasant read.Published 4 months ago by Robert Hiler
Very good small book for someone interested in the topic. Not too sure about all of the claims, but they are probably accurate.Published 13 months ago by Barry G.
A truly excellent book that educates and offers solid researched solutions. We waste too much water treating pee! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr papa
fundamental reading and great reference to help justify your composting efforts!Published 18 months ago by Rubyjo
Lots of lore off urine through history, but not a lot about composing it for use today as the wonderful nitrogen boosting liquid that it is. Read morePublished 18 months ago by C Emerson
shows how important it is to use what is available and not waste valuable resourcesPublished 18 months ago by ron sanford