What do toilets have to do with healthy food ??? EVERYTHING !
Agri-business became huge after it launched its "green revolution".
But it was a fantastic misnomer ... in reality, it was entirely a chemical
revolution that replaced animal manure with chemical fertilizer. So
what ? What's the big difference ? The difference is huge and will impact
our health for a long time to come !:
Chemical fertilizer only contains the three principal building blocks
for organic matter: N,P,K or nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. The
animal manure, however, also contains a large number of nutrients needed
in smaller quantities to make food-plants nutritious and good tasting.
By not replacing those micro-nutrients, we gradually and sometimes quickly,
impoverish the soils so they only produce bulk of grain, fruits and
vegetable that look good, tastes nothing and almost totally lack nutritious
value. The same is sadly true for animals that graze on grass that is
chemically fertilized if you wonder why beef also has lost it's taste.
Now huge corporations, like Monsanto, have almost made food production
and agriculture a completely chemical affair with pesticides, herbicides,
genetically changes seeds to make crops able to stand more herbicides,
and only chemical fertilizers ... and still very few people put their
foot down because media serves those who pay best for getting the misinformation
out and those who can buy advertising space.
Something wrong with this picture ?
As much as this picture has been promoted as "good", the alternatives
have been proclaimed as bad, dangerous to health and a way of the past.
Both animal AND human (yes we are animals too) manure is vastly better
as plant-nutrient replacement and there are ways to make human excrement
into a perfectly safe fertilizer with no risk of spreading human pathogens.
If we used this superior fertilizer in agriculture we would also lower
the pollution of rivers, lakes and estuaries since we would return these
balanced plant nutrients to agriculture in a clean form instead of using
huge quantities of fossil fuels to mine and fabricate chemical fertilizers ...
and on top of it we then flush the good fertilizer out with the sewer.
Once mixed with all of society's toxic chemicals it is useless as a
fertilizer so instead of being the great resource that it is, it becomes a toxic waste disposal problem.
Short term there are only a couple of things we can do to get nutritious,
good tasting food again: find someone who grows food in a healthy soil
with manure fertilizer or grow our own... isn't it sad that it has come
to this ?
Great problems from anaerobic gas-production from sludge and manure:
From: Professor Ralf Otterpohl <email@example.com>
Date: 1 Feb 2011 10:05:17 GMT+01:00
Subject: Re: EcoSanRes: biogas from ecosan
Besides the clear and proven advantages of biogas there are at least two extremely severe problems:
Organic matter that is converted into gas is no longer availabel to produce humus, so there are reports from farmers that the soil is getting less and less producticve. Rich soil may be far more important that the relatively litte amount of gas. Composting expecially with earthworms and additon of some charcoal dust (can easily be made from straw, rice husks instead of the terrible burning) ideally plus stone dust can be far more beneficial with rising productivity for food and more biomass and is simple, too. At TUHH we are now working intensely of also composting urine and mixed excreta stabilised by lactofermenters together with woody wastes to make more soil as I want to work with ecolocical agriculture and not do industrial agriculture with addion of fast fertiliser. Biogas can be a threat for long term food security and you will have to pay for the gas with more and more fertiliser demand, less water reproduction, flooding through compacting soils.
In Germany (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cNyyU3zcXY sorry in German) (and probably elsewhere) there are dramatic problems with the masses of heavily subsidised biogas plants for food to energy producion where Clostridium botulinum is growing rapidly under anaerobic conditions producing the highly toxic substance, there are hundreds of farms where all milk cows are dying and the farmers are ruined, even they became ill sometimes. The reason are fodder fields that are fertilised with the sludge from the biogas plants. The very dangerouos botulinum toxin (misused by people who hate aging by paralysing nerves in the face thus turning it into a mask, then called botox) is only showing effect after many month so the effect is often not related to the cause.
I used to be very positive towards biogas and have planned and built them, I will not do this anymore except for some industrial wastewaters. Maybe also for sanitation in areas where the soils are super humus rich already and botulism can be avoided safely.