Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Solution: Piss on it...

Something completely different:

"Sustainable fertilizer: Urine and wood ash produce large harvest"

"Results of the first study evaluating the use of human urine mixed with wood ash as a fertilizer for food crops has found that the combination can be substituted for costly synthetic fertilizers to produce bumper crops of tomatoes without introducing any risk of disease for consumers. The study appears in the current issue of ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication."

Which backs up the work of this guy:

So you farmer types might want to set a terra cotta pot a discreet few steps out the back door and fill it with the ash from your wood stove. Modify as nature calls.


murph said...

HE he, You should see the expressions on peoples faces when we tell them we are thinking of doing some experimenting with humanure in our gardening efforts.

I have only been vaguely familiar with the urine and wood ash idea. Now if I can just remember to piss in the milk jug at 3 in the morning. sigh

nina said...

Interesting, now that would be some awesome answer for third world countries, wouldn't it? And the needs would vanish, and the abuse evaporate and everything would change.

I bet its true, and works. Ha ha, but people would be so repulsed they will beg for Monsanto to keep it up.

Pangolin said...

That's part of the answer for some of these countries. Improving food security might be a combination of biochar use, stoves, new farm techniques, food forests and birth control.

Nothing is less important than anything else if it can become a limiting factor on the path to living with GAIA instead of on her.