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Urine Collection Beats Composting Toilets for Nutrient Recycling

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 03, 2014 01:01 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Apr 02, 2014

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights Human urine collection and use provides a better way to recycle nutrients than use of composting toilets . Abe Noe-Hays of the Rich Earth Institute standing in front of a urine storage tank. Click to enlarge. Photo Credit: Alex Wilson Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy this blog over a cup of coffee here’s an article on…urine? Really? Let me explain. Urine is a largely sterile, nutrient-rich resource that can be used in fertilizing plants. In fact, according to the Rich Earth Institute , the urine from one adult in a year can provide the fertilizer for over 300 pounds of wheat—enough for nearly a loaf of bread per day. The Rich Earth Institute is a Brattleboro, Vermont-based organization that’s at the leading edge of the little-known practice of urine collection and use—something that’s emerging in Sweden and a few other places. This past Friday night roughly 200 people gathered at the Strolling of the Heifers ’ River Garden in downtown Brattleboro to hear Abe Noe-Hays and Kim Nace from the Rich Earth Institute, along with a New York City comedian/activist, Shawn Shafner, discuss the idea.   read more






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