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5.0 out of 5 stars As children we were all taught to think of poop as a gross and dangerous monster,, September 21, 2010
This review is from: Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind (Paperback)
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The typical cow, horse, pig, sheep & chicken feces are covered. More exotic cat, dog, bat, rabbit, geese, duck, pigeon and zoo animal excrement! Are also covered.

My favorite though is using humanure for compost .... GREAT idea.

Plants pull nutrients out of the soil. Every time a crop is hauled out, the soil loses nutrients. If those nutrients are not replaced, the soil become nutrient deficient, and the food grown in the soil also is less nutritious, leading to nutritional deficiency diseases. There are 84 essential minerals in our soil and about 20 vitamins. Plants can make vitamins but, cannot make minerals, the minerals have to be in our soil.

Human excrement is very rich in minerals. When humanure is decomposed and returned to the soil, the nutrients are returned to the soil as well. When these nutrients are constantly added back in, the life cycle goes on like a wheel. The plants always have the right amount of nutrients therefore, the food is not nutrient deficient, leading to reduced nutritional deficiency diseases in the people who eat this food.

In America, we only add three nutrients into our crops. Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium. We are literally flushing the other 81 minerals into the sewer, along with our health.

Overall a GREAT book to read on the crapper!
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Initial post: Jan 15, 2011 11:17:23 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2011 11:21:40 AM PST
R. Tkatch says:
"using humanure in compost" already thought of over 20 years ago... (at least in put forth in a book about it). but also yes a good idea... it was in a system written about in "The Humaure Handbook" by Jenkins. I haven't read this book but Jenkins does go into different ways that human waste has been handled and the benefits of using his system of composting it and using to grow food crops. He also wrote "The Slate Roofer's Bible". He was consulted during the period before of the "Y2K" scare in case there were real problems with waste treatment...

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 7:46:44 AM PST
A great and enthusiastic review, but you flushed it all when you said it was a great book to read on the "crapper". Why even go there - it's a cheap joke that only detracts from an otherwise stellar review.

You shouldn't even be reading in the "crapper" (Haven't you seen "Seinfeld?" :P ) if you're spending that much time in there, you're either hiding from someone, wasting time at work, or need more fiber in your diet.

Remind me never to borrow a book from you. :P

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 6:36:23 PM PST
haskpts says:
Okay Mr. V ... I shall loan you no books. Gotta read when you can ... on the can ... when one has a hectic life.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 3:16:15 PM PDT
catering guy says:
A rather shallow answer from a feeble mind....

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 6:29:32 AM PDT
haskpts says:
Feeble yet uniquely brilliant.
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