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The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, Third Edition 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0964425835
ISBN-10: 0964425831
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"This is a cult classic which might strike those without an outhouse as disgusting. But the methods outlined within have the potential to change the ecological fate of the world." New Yorker Magazine

"Despite all the books on manure and how to use it, human manure composting is not covered elsewhere, making the Humanure Handbook a fine reference for any who would learn these basics. If you're an avid composter, there's nothing like this on the market." Midwest Book Review

"Finally we have a comprehensive book on recycling human excrement without chemicals, high technology, or pollution. Well written, practical, and thoroughly researched . . ."--Whole Earth Review

"Almost certain to become a classic in its field. This book should be required reading. . . ."--Countryside Journal

"We think The Humanure Handbook ranks right up there with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring . . ."--HortIdeas

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This is the 3rd edition of a self-published book. No respectable publisher would touch it with a ten foot shovel. The 1st edition of Humanure was published in 1994 with a print run of 660 copies, which the author fully expected would last the rest of his life.
Now, 22 years later, the book has sold over 60,000 copies in at least 59 countries worldwide and has been published in numerous foreign editions on four continents. The 2nd Edition was a 2000 Independent Publisher Outstanding Book of the Year, deemed the book "Most Likely to Save the Planet," a 2000 Finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards, and a Finalist in the 2000 Benjamin Franklin Awards for Excellence in Publishing. It was an Amazon.com #1 bestseller in its category for several years, and has been reviewed by Mother Earth News, Whole Earth Review, Countryside Journal, The Journal of Environmental Quality, Natural Health, and many other popular print media. It has been talked about on NPR, BBC, CBC, Howard Stern, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy Magazine, Organic Gardening Magazine and many other national and international venues.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Joseph Jenkins, Inc.; 3 edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964425831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964425835
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone should read this book, even if they have no intention or ability to use a humanure composting system. It provides a wealth of information on a subject that has been ignored for too long...human waste - how to dispose of it in a sensible, sustainable, practical, useful manner. We haven't flushed a toilet in this house in eight months, since we got this book and built our own sawdust toilet and composting box out back. We had a serious drought here this summer and our well was REAL low, but we had no problems because we weren't FLUSHING FOUR GALLONS OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER UNDERGROUND each time we went in the bathroom. I always wondered why we eliminate in water, anyway. And it doesn't stink, the compost box doesn't stink, it's simple and straightforward and clean and the humanure toilet's time has come! Everybody who comes in our house gets dragged into the bathroom by my husband to meet our new humanure toilet! Then I drag them outside to meet my wonderful compost box! So far we've had one convert, a couple with a camp who were using a stinking old outhouse, and they are just thrilled with the idea of using a humanure toilet next summer when they move back to camp. As a bonus, our electric bill dropped substantially, just because the water pump doesn't have to kick on every time a toilet is flushed. Buy this book, read it, start using a humanure toilet, tell all your friends, lend the book to your friends, do it now! Then read Joe Jenkins' other book, "Balance Point."
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The Humanure Handbook tells you how to compost it, why to compost it, and gives you all you need to know to get started. He's got a lot input on your output. If you've ever wondered why our society poops and pees in perfectly good drinking water and then spends lots of money to buy bottled water, this book's for you. This is the third copy I've purchased because I want to share it with friends.
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I found Jenkins' book about 12 years ago,but I bought a commercially sold "composting" toilet to have something more official looking to show the building inspector.Therein lies the main hurdle to any sane treatment of human waste-the horror that most of society must overcome to even talk about the subject.To me this book belongs in the category of books that should start a revolution.Sadly,it won't because humans are not so enlightened.Still,for the few and the brave who honor common sense over cultural phobias,this book will send you on your way with a new sense of freedom and some damn good fertilizer.
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This book combines humor, biology, humor, facts, humor, and specific instructions. Did I mention humor? ;-)

It is also incredibly thought-provoking. The author points out that we are one of the few countries that defecate in our drinking water.

We now have two composting toilets. The one we spent over a $1000 for before we bought the book and the $50 one we built after we bought the book. Guess which one is easier to deal with?!
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I have not read the update version, but I did get a hold of a copy when it was still free on his site. Couldn't be much more simple than this. Poop, cover with sawdust, dump in compost pile, clean buckets, reuse. We've used in our yurt for last year and nothing but good things to say about it. Takes as much time to empty and clean 3 buckets every couple weeks as it would to clean 3 toilets. Wonder why someone never came up with this in all the years of outhouse use!
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This was our primary source material for building and maintaining our composting toilet. Works great, saves on water, makes for good plant food, and only smells like sawdust inside.
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If there was a class for composting 101, then this would/should be the text book. Joseph Jenkins has done a lot of research in writing this book, and it shows brilliantly. The book reads clearly and is very understandable. It's entertaining, informative, purposeful, well referenced, and quite humorous. Me and my girlfriend have been researching on our own how to become self sufficient and off the grid. This book has definitely boosted, not only my confidence on how to handle poop, but also my girlfriend is now on board! The parts of the outcome from reading the book we did not expect were when, during dinner conversations, our families would ask us "How will you deal with your sewage?" Interestingly enough, once you've read the book, your own concerns and fears of odor, and treatment of your waste disappears. The interesting part is that just about everyone else is still stuck in fecophobia world, that is of course until they visit your house and ask what kind of "air freshener" you use for your bathroom and compliment how good your coffee smells.
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I read this book about twelve years ago. It's a great book; informational, thought provoking and enjoyable to read. We lived off grid for about two years and used the methods outlined in the book. We used whatever the local sawmill had for sawdust (more like tiny chunks than 'dust') and mostly oak. If I recall, oak is not preferred for producing compost but our goal was primarily to dispose of our humanure in a safe and effective way. After about a year of filling one bin made from old pallets we switched to a second. Never at any time did the bins smell bad and three years later I pulled the bins apart and the result was a mildly spongy dirt-like matter that still had remnants of the sawdust. It smelled fine, mostly like dirt and oak. Of all of our (mis)adventures off-grid, this system was all benefit and no downside.
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