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I think the idea "STINKS"


I thought I read somewhere that it's not good to do, but Soilman is the expert - so he'll give us the 411 on it.

I did like the journeytoforever.org site though - pretty nifty articles there.
 

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I don't like the idea, even if the excrement used comes only from vegans. But I don't know enough about it to make a good thorough argument against it. If it comes from non-vegans you risk accumulation of heavy metals. If it comes from vegans you still risk pathogens, unless you properly compost the feces first. How do you do that? I don't know.

Still, food plants acquire an aroma reminiscent of the medium in which they were grown. This applies to composted excrement. Food grown in well-rotted pig excrement tastes diff than food grown in well-composted cattle excrement. I don't like the idea of using human urine either.
 

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There is some historical evidence that several hundred years ago farmers in Europe brought back bones from battle fields, knowing that bones were just what their soil needed to produce better crops, without knowing what exactly what it was in bones that produced better crops. The phosphorous in bones is what.
 

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At the local County Farm in my area, which has an agricultural program for prison trustees, they grow corn for hog-feed, and raise hogs to feed the prison inmates and workers. They are self-sufficient in pork. Of course Muslim and Jewish inmates may not be too excited about this program.

Plus they use the huge amount of hog-feces they produce, to feed the corn.

I took a look at the corn fields one day -- looked like sand with pig-feces in it. No other organic matter was visible to my eye. Very unlike the soil in my garden. Smelled like pig feces, but not extremely strongly. The natural soil is tan sand. Plus the added pig feces do not change it's color much. Very fine particles, instead of the larger sand particles, was the result I noticed, of adding pig feces. Very unlike the soil in my garden, which started with very similar sandy soil, but which is now almost black from added composted veg matter. And of course my soil smells entirely different.

The corn is not fed to humans, only hogs. Strange program. Sometimes I think government officials don't have brains.

Not only don't they grow any vegetables, they don't grow a single ear of sweet corn, only corn for pig feed. Very strange.

Soil got like rock-hard when dry -- such small particles. Sand glued together by micro-pulverized pig-feces glue.
 

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i dont know too much about it, but its prolly okay is it doesnt gross you out. I wouldn't do it if youre on antibiotics or Rx meds... you never know what harm it could cause. And um...by what method were you planning on 'harvesting' this humanure? It would be pretty gross too keep bed pans around, especially if you have young children or pets that might get into it.
 

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Eva-bo-beva "I wouldn't do it if youre on antibiotics or Rx meds.."

Why? What would that have to do with anything? Are you concerned that antibiotics or Rx Meds might affect the soil or the plants? Negligible compared to everything else in excrement, and urine. Antibiotics and most Rx meds would break down rapidly in soil.
 

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Imagine serving up a nice tasty dinner of home grown vegetables to your friends and family, and then they pat their bellies and declare, "How do you get your vegetables so fine, my good man?"

And you give a dramatic pause and answer, "My own sh*t."

(of course everyone is totally grossed out)
 

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janette writes:

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i know you have to let it sit around for a while.. just like any other manure.

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Inorganic manures such as ground limestone, and phosphate rock, do not need to sit around before being applied. Just as soon as you grind the limestone or the phosphate rock, into spreadable powder or granules, you can add it to your soil. You just have to know how much is too much and how much is not enough. After you work it shallowly into the soil, you can immediately plant seeds in the soil without harming the seeds.

You can also spread them around growing root plants,work them into the soil, and then immediately pick the root plants and eat them, without harm to yourself, providing you wash most, but not all, of the stuff off before eating the root plants. This is the scenario where manure made from animal excrement can be dangerous to humans, if bacterial spores have not been killed off by long-term composting.
 
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