Compost toilets can provide a sanitation solution when water or electricity are not available,
or when you simply want to make more compost or less environmental pollution.
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May 2019, 300 pages, 91 illustrations,indexed, $25.00 US
The Humanure Handbook - Fourth Edition
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 — Close Encounters of the Turd Kind
2 — The Invisible Beings
3 — Microbes – Friend or Foe?
4 — The War on Microbes
>5 — Thermophiles
6 — Deep Shit
7 — A Day in the Life of a Turd
8 — Compost
>9 — Compost Nuts and Bolts
10 — Compost Miracles
11 — Compost Myths
12 — Compost Toilets and Dry Toilets
13 — Worms and Disease
14 — The Tao of Compost
15 — Bum Rap
"Jesus may have turned water into wine, but we turn shit into food." The Pope of Poop
"The act of composting humanure is so radical and revolutionary that people who have spent their lives trying to dispose of the substance can’t quite come to grips with the idea that it can be recycled."
"Americans think of human excrement as “waste” teeming with pathogens. In fact, it is neither. Humanure is an organic resource teeming with beneficial microorganisms. That’s a fact."
"The word “humanure” means human excrement beneficially recycled by feeding it to microbes. There is no waste involved. Because this idea is so radical in today’s world, especially in water toilet cultures, there was no word for such an organic resource. I had to create one. Humanure."
"Where can a large animal like a human being find animal manure? Gee, that’s a tough one. Let’s think really hard about that. Perhaps with a little ‘ingenuity and a thorough search’ we can come up with a source. Where is that mirror, anyway? Might be a clue there."
"We, as a nation, are shit illiterate. Any society that grows up with water toilets seems to have an arrested development when it comes to the recycling of organic material, especially what comes from their own bodies." "On one radio interview, the interviewer asked how I got the turds out of the toilet. Did I use a fish net? I said no, I trained my kids to bob for them like bobbing for apples, with their hands behind their backs. Then I praised their radio station for having similar characteristics to my own endeavors. “Oh, how’s that?” they asked. “Well, we both deal with crap,” I replied. “I compost mine and you broadcast yours.” They hung up on me."
"I was once interviewed on the Howard Stern radio show. During the live interview, I informed them that I had been composting humanure for about 20 years and I had used all the compost for growing food. They censored that... it was much too objectionable for the tender ears of their audience. After the interview, they segued into a nice, wholesome segment about anal intercourse with midgets. No more disgusting talk about recycling turds."
"This is a cult classic which might strike those without an outhouse as disgusting. But the methods outlined within have the potential to change the ecological fate of the world." New Yorker Magazine
"Forced to self-publish due to the 'taboo topic, the unthinkable issue,' of this publication, Joseph Jenkins' Humanure Handbook has now become an international best-seller. Jenkins' enjoyable and witty publication is a no-nonsense insight into the 'dreaded ingredient.'” Organic Life
"Despite all the books on manure and how to use it, human manure composting is not covered elsewhere. If you're an avid composter, there's nothing like this on the market." Midwest Book Review
“Your discovery of the proper small scale of the operation is world shaking.” F. A., DE
“I enjoyed the book immensely, but my mother is appalled. Pleasing me and irritating my mother - you score big in my two favorite categories.” K. L., IN
“Thank you for putting the time, energy, money into creating this unique, needed book. Your wit, wisdom, factual references and above all, your personal experience make it a great and encouraging work.” C. L.
“I knew nothing about this topic and by chance I purchased your book. Before reading I felt a little reluctance. However, once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. You are doing a great service to humanity by having the courage to publish your book. It is said that example is the best teacher.” B. E., Belgium