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Holy Shit : Managing Manure to Save Mankind - Gene Logsdon

Holy Shit

Managing Manure to Save Mankind

By: Gene Logsdon, Brooke Budner (Illustrator)


Published: 29th October 2010
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In his insightful new book, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure-our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure-worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value-but that spends a staggering amount of money to do so. This wastefulness makes even less sense as the supply of mined or chemically synthesized fertilizers dwindles and their cost skyrockets. In fact, he argues, if we do not learn how to turn our manures into fertilizer to keep food production in line with increasing population, our civilization, like so many that went before it, will inevitably decline.

With his trademark humor, his years of experience writing about both farming and waste management, and his uncanny eye for the small but important details, Logsdon artfully describes how to manage farm manure, pet manure and human manure to make fertilizer and humus. He covers the field, so to speak, discussing topics like:

  • How to select the right pitchfork for the job and use it correctly
  • How to operate a small manure spreader
  • How to build a barn manure pack with farm animal manure
  • How to compost cat and dog waste
  • How to recycle toilet water for irrigation purposes, and
  • How to get rid ourselves of our irrational paranoia about feces and urine.

Gene Logsdon does not mince words. This fresh, fascinating and entertaining look at an earthy, but absolutely crucial subject, is a small gem and is destined to become a classic of our agricultural literature.

Manure: the hot new farm commodity -- The nitty-gritty of the shitty -- Bedding lessons from the strawstack days -- The manure pack -- The pitchfork: the real symbol of America -- Hauling and spreading manure -- No more poop coops -- Thar's gold in them thar horse stalls -- Sheep and goat manures are ... well ... cleaner -- Of milk and manure -- Pigs can potty-train themselves -- Guano and other offbeat manures -- Meditations on a meadow muffin -- Cat litter and dog dung -- Oh my goodness, manure on your garden? -- The anti-bowel movement -- How I came to find divine materials in manure -- Dealing with our dread of human excrement -- Applying treated human biosolids to farmland -- Do we want farmers or robots?

ISBN: 9781603583107
ISBN-10: 1603583106
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 29th October 2010
Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub.