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Humanure Handbook

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The Humanure Handbook

A Guide to Composting Human Manure



Practical guidance for building simple composting toilets and alternative greywater systems are contained in this book about the devastating environmental effects of using waterborne systems for sewage treatment.




"The practice of injecting ‘waste' products and toxic materials into the arterial waterways of Earth is comparable to the idea of using our own bloodstream as a disposal site for hazardous compounds."

Keith Helmuth


The world is divided into two categories of people: those who shit in drinking water and those who don't. We in the western world are in the former class. We defecate in water, usually purified drinking water. After polluting the water with our body's excrements, we flush the once pure but now polluted water "away," meaning we probably don't know where it goes, nor do we care.


This ritual of defecating in water may be useful for maintaining a good standing within western culture. If you don't deposit your feces into a bowl of drinking water on a regular basis, you may be considered a miscreant of sorts, perhaps uncivilized or dirty or poverty stricken. You may be seen as a non-conformist or a radical."


Entire book available online: http://www.weblife.org/humanure/index.html

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