Human waste shouldn't be fertilizer?
Hershey-Squirts sent in an article that claims that human waste is bad for humans when used as fertilizer. I've been doing a lot of reading about the history of toilets lately, and I felt it was important to comment.
First of all, if you read the article, you see that the trouble comes from fertilizer blowing in the wind, not from the actual effects of the fertilizer on the crops. So I think its important to point out that human compost (or Humanure, as an article we've published describes it) is not being implicated as unhealthy. I just finished a book about the history of the toilet, and as far as I can tell, whenever poop has been converted into fertilizer, the benefit to the crops have been substatial.
So I don't want this report to lead to a rush to judgement against the use of Humanure. PoopReport supports the recycling of poop, which is an important way to cut down on waste in landfills and wherever else they stick it. But this report makes good points -- we need to find ways to make the fertilizer stay on the ground, and keep the poop from blowing in the wind.