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The Humanure Handbook

A Guide To Composting Human Manure, 3RD EDITION

Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins

September, 2005, 255 pages, 19 photos, 55 drawings, 42 tables and charts, indexed, $25.00 US

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2000 Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist

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Three Rivers Environmental Award Finalist! category #1 bestseller, two years in a row

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Written by a humanure composting practitioner and organic gardener with over 30 years experience, this third edition provides detailed scientific information on how humanure can be hygienically recycled, without fancy technological do-dads, a large bank account, toxic chemicals, or environmental pollution.

This unique handbook provides information on composting, soil fertility and microorganisms, alternative graywater systems and much more. It also gives detailed instructions on how you can build or buy your own humanure toilet and compost bins for only a few dollars.

Defecating in our drinking water is perhaps one of our culture's most curious, but least talked about, habits. This book gives compelling and detailed testimony as to why humanure should be constructively recycled:

  • to prevent water pollution: (almost 4 trillion gallons of sewage effluent are dumped into our coastal waterways each year);
  • to fertilize the soil: (rich in soil nutrients, humanure can be safely recycled by thermophilic composting);
  • to protect our dwindling drinking water supplies: (nearly 1/3 of all household drinking water is used to flush toilets); and
  • to enhance our health: Fertile soil not only grows great veggies, but nourishes our health and community's well-being.

As one of our favorite reviewers said, " Should be required reading for everyone on the planet. " But you can make up your own mind!

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