Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants

Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants


By (author) Carol Steinfeld, Illustrated by Malcolm Wells

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  • Publisher: GREEN BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 10mm | 18g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Totnes
  • ISBN 10: 1903998484
  • ISBN 13: 9781903998489
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, b&w colour plates
  • Sales rank: 77,287

Product description

Don't flush it down the loo - save your pee and fertilize your garden! Because it is not recycled, our urine is wasted and pollutes the water system. Yet it could provide 50% - 100% of the nutrients needed to grow our food. Use your pee to make a liquid manure: recycle, save water and energy, and prevent pollution, all at the same time! In the 19th century you could sell your urine for a penny a bucket - or 1.5 pennies if you were a redhead Early Romans used urine as mouthwash In some cultures, urine is used to clean wounds and as a health tonic Urine can be used in curing leather, and as a tattoo pigment Discover the delights of the urine-diverting composting toilet, the activists' urinal, and the urinal for women; find out about customs and rituals connected with urine, the science and technology of its use, and profiles of liquid gold at work all over the world in farms and gardens. Take to the fresh air when nature calls and fertilize your garden for free with Carol Steinfeld's entertaining and fact-filled book!

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Author information

Carol Steinfeld is a writer, researcher and resource-recycling specialist writing about ecological resource management solutions. She is co-author of The Composting Toilet System Book and Reusing the Resource: Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction A Golden Opportunity A Resource in the Wrong Place Pollutes From Pollutant to Fertilizer Safe to Use An Age-Old Practice Enters Modern Bathrooms Reducing Wastewater Treatment Costs Closer to Home. 2. Urine Lore Urine Use Through History Urine Conveniences Urine to Dye for Urine Cleaners Culinary Urine Urine Good Health Urine in Wartime Urine Customs Ritual Urine Utilitarian Urine Urine in Popular Culture Urine Therapy Hormonal Value Homeopathic Power Anticlotting Properties Antibacterial Agent 3. Unexpected Urinals - Uncommon and Curious Urinals Urinal Entertainment Urinal as Art Urinals for Women Artful Urinals Circumstantial Urinals Activist Urinal Misplaced Urinals Double-Duty Urinal 4. Science and Technology of Using Liquid Gold Why Manage Urine Separately? The City as Fertilizer Factory How to Use Urine Safely - Compost It Combine It with Greywater in an Aerobic Garden Bed Dilute It and Apply It Directly to Plants Other Possibilities How to Keep Urine Separate Urinals Urine-Diverting Flush Toilets Waterless Urine-Diverting Toilets Urine Diverters More Urine Diverters Sources 5. Gold to Green: Profiles of Liquid Gold at Work in Gardens and Farms Worldwide Farming with Liquid Gold in Sweden Keeping the Lake Clean Outside Stockholm Liquid Gold on Martha's Vineyard Gardeners' Toilets in Denmark Liquid Gold in the City Liquid Gold on a Small Farm Liquid Gold at Work in Wales Liquid Gold on the Roof Liquid Gold on the Lawn Urine Diverting Toilets in Mexico Fertilizing Avocados and Nopal Liquid Gold at the Office Adventures in Urine Diversion. 6. Frequently Asked Questions. 7. References.