Monday, August 04, 2014

No. 1 Environmentalism

Urine from 170 volunteers

(Brattleboro, Vermont)
A small group of environmentalists in Vermont isn't as squeamish. Instead of flushing their pee down the drain, they're collecting it with special toilets that separate No. 1 and No. 2.

Then they're pooling the urine of the 170 volunteers in the pilot project (a quart or so, per person, daily) and eventually giving it to a farmer, who's putting it on her hay fields in place of synthetic fertilizer. The goal is to collect 6,000 gallons this year.

The logic driving this avant-garde project of the, based in Brattleboro, Vt., is that it's foolish and wasteful to part with the precious nitrogen and phosphorus that moves from the food we eat right through us — especially when farmers have to buy fertilizer at great expense to put those very same nutrients back into the soil.


Wireless.Phil said...

Don't want a be around that!
It will tske awhile to breakdown to ammonia.

Reminds me of history, when laundry people had everyone pee in a tub outside, this was used to clean their close. Can't remember if it was Roan times or what, read it a long time ago.

Anyway, I use both soad and ammonia in my laundry, says it on the ammonia bottle.

Wireless.Phil said...

We have enough problems with our fresh waters, 41 states have poison green algae from fertilizer run off.
Breaks down to ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer. Run-off adds to green algae in our waters.


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