Friday, June 17, 2022

Peecycle 101 :)

Urine and poop do wonders for plants in a much more beneficial way than fertilizers, something yours truly saw in Korea back in 1971 when "honey wagons" were used to deliver human waste to fertilize crops back in the day. Seems this environmentally intelligent way to increase crop yields is gathering steam and it's about time. :)

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — When Kate Lucy saw a poster in town inviting people to learn about something known as peecycling, she was mystified. “Why would someone pee in a jug and save it?” she wondered. “It sounds like such a wacky idea.”

She had to work the evening of the information session, so she sent her husband, Jon Sellers, to assuage her curiosity. He came home with a jug and funnel.

Human urine, Mr. Sellers learned that night seven years ago, is full of the same nutrients that plants need to flourish. It has a lot more, in fact, than Number Two, with almost none of the pathogens. Farmers typically apply those nutrients — nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium — to crops in the form of chemical fertilizers. But that comes with a high environmental cost from fossil fuels and mining

The local nonprofit group that ran the session, the Rich Earth Institute, was working on a more sustainable approach: Plants feed us, we feed them.

Sounds like a plan to me. :) 

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