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Humanure is what it sounds like- human waste transformed into a viable, safe fertilizer
I was studying this use of human manure as a way to transform toxic sources of water poisoning in rural areas of Uganda into a way to improve suffering soils. The issue of poor water quality in the areas where I was working posed a particularly acute and complex problem which could not be solved through human manure. However, it's a practice I'm seeing more and more in less urban areas of…Continue
Posted on March 23, 2010 at 5:15pm — 2 Comments
Last spring I spent a couple of months working at the MSU Student Organic Farm (SOF). I met them first while I was volunteering for the Africa Sister Cities Conference in 2008- they are constantly working with cities around the world to develop sustainable solutions to the food crisis and global climate change.…
Posted on March 23, 2010 at 7:56am
Urban farms are an incredibly relevant issue right now in the Detroit area of Michigan where the unemployment rate is around 1/4 the…Continue
Posted on March 23, 2010 at 7:53am — 2 Comments
I'm in my small four walled office trying to ignore the drip, dripping of rain water falling into the pan from the leaky corrugated iron roof. One of our students is working on putting up a rain water harvesting system for this tin shack soon, but resources are tight. I scowl- I feel bad for each drop that washes away soil that could be going into a thirsty mouth or root. I'm so proud of them! We took designs of rain water harvesting systems that we saw in villages…Continue
Posted on March 22, 2010 at 5:07pm
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