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The Humanure Handbook, 4th edition, Shit in a Nutshell (Pre-order)

By Joseph Jenkins. 300 pages, 91 illustrations, indexed. ISBN-13: 978-0964425880. 6”X9” paperback.

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The original Humanure Handbook was published in 1995 as a grad school thesis turned into an underground best-seller. The 4th edition is not just a new edition, but also a sequel of sorts. Of the original 10 chapters, five were revised and updated while the other five were replaced with ten new chapters, for a total of 15 chapters in the new edition (see contents in photo gallery).
This is a self-published book that no respectable publisher would touch with a ten-foot shovel. The 1st edition had a print run of 600 copies, which the author expected to watch decompose in his garage for the rest of his life. Yet, the book has sold 70,000 print copies in the U.S. alone, been translated in whole or in part into 19 languages and has been published in foreign editions on four continents.

The previous editions won numerous awards, including the Independent Publisher Outstanding Book of the Year Award, deeming the book "Most Likely to Save the Planet.” The book has been mentioned on such diverse media outlets as: NPR, BBC, CBC, Howard Stern, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy Magazine, the History Channel, Tree House Masters, and many other national and international venues.

The author draws from 40 years of research, experience, and travel to expand and clarify your knowledge and understanding of... your poop! Not only does the book address what to do with human turds, but it is also a priceless manual for anyone involved in composting, gardening, or even basic survival skills. There is no other book like this in print!

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From the book:

"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."


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  • Feb 28, 2018, 04:11 AM
    I read this book in 2004 and - not to be dramatic - it had a profound effect on my life and lifestyle. The book taught me exactly how to create a humanure composting toilet and I replaced my standard toilet with it. Not very difficult, and my garden was happier than I had ever seen before. The best part was the feeling of doing my part to help heal the planet. I am a humanure zealot. Thank you for this book; 14 years later I am still grateful for it.
  • Apr 27, 2016, 01:31 AM
    This is a really great and important book. It has more information on composting than I have found anywhere else. It is fun to read. I have put this into practice for about 2 years. It works. After I read this book I bought 2 more copies to give away.
  • Sep 21, 2014, 01:00 PM
    181 reviews and 5 stars on Amazon!
  • Nov 4, 2013, 06:11 PM
    A load of crap...

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