Managing Manure to Save Mankind
Gene Logsdon, 2010, 204 pp.
Country farmer Gene Logsdon is back with the inside story of manure - our greatest, yes most misunderstood, natural resource. One way to another, we not only throw away manure worth billions in fertilizer value - and spend a staggering amount of money to do so.
There was a time when we actually used our manure (and yes, our human shit) to fertilize our fields, and the soil quality and quantity increased. This is called a sustainable system of agriculture. After seventy years or so of artificial fertilizers our soil is severely depleted, and the quality of produce has steadily worsened. If we do not begin turning manure into fertilizer to feed a growing population, Logsdon argues we will all be in deep shit.
Holy Shit completely covers the topic of manure including information on: How to build a barn manure pack with farm animal manure, How to recycle toilet water for irrigation purposes, and how to get over the fear of feces and "muck with the best of them."
With his trademark humor, his decades of experience writing about farming and waste management, and his uncanny eye for the small but important details, Logsdon artfully describes how to manage farm and pet manure to make fertilizer. He also describes how to safely and cleanly manage your own shit as a superb fertilizer. This fresh, fascinating, and entertaining look at an earthy, but absolutely crucial, subject is a masterpiece and is destined to become a classic fo the agricultural canon.
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