The Humanure Handbook: A Guide To Composting Human Manure

Humanure: waste or resource?

Joseph Jenkins boldly steps where no author has gone before. The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and thoroughly researched book on the topic of composting human manure available anywhere. It includes a review of the historical, cultural, and environmental issues pertaining to "human waste," as well as an in depth look at the potential health risks related to humanure recycling, with clear instructions on how to eliminate those dangers in order to safely convert humanure into garden soil.

Written by a humanure composter with over twenty years experience, this classic work includes step-by-step instructions on how to build a "$25 composting toilet". Also discusses alternative graywater systems.

The Humanure Handbook will surprise you with its timely relevance, delight you with its humour, and impress you with its thorough research. Brilliantly simple, profoundly mundane, this is one book you will never forget.

A Note From the Author, Joseph Jenkins Why did I write this book, anyway? Probably because I have personally recycled all of my family's humanure since 1979 using very simple methods. The resulting compost has always been used in our food garden. We have never produced any sewage from our home. Instead, all of our organic residues are carefully recycled by composting and are then returned to the soil, humanure included, thereby maintaining the fertility of our food gardens and eliminating organic waste altogether.

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Jenkins Publishing (PA); Second edition (July 1999)
  • Dimensions: 9.0 x 7.0 x 0.8 inches

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