The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society

The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society

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By (author) David Waltner-Toews

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  • Publisher: ECW Press,Canada
  • Format: Paperback | 206 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 206mm x 18mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Montreal
  • ISBN 10: 177041116X
  • ISBN 13: 9781770411166
  • Sales rank: 150,309

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An entertaining and enlightening exploration of why waste matters, this cultural history explores an often ignored subject matter and makes a compelling argument for a deeper understanding of human and animal waste. Approaching the subject from a variety of perspectives--evolutionary, ecological, and cultural--this examination shows how integral excrement is to biodiversity, agriculture, public health, food production and distribution, and global ecosystems. From primordial ooze, dung beetles, bug frass, cat scats, and flush toilets to global trade, pandemics, and energy, this is the awesome, troubled, uncensored story of feces.

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David Waltner-Toews is a veterinarian and epidemiologist. He is the author of "The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases That Jump from Animals to People" and "Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick." He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

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"[A]stonishingly readable and interesting." --"Svenska Dagbladet"