As its rather alarming title indicates, it deals exclusively with fecal matter discussed from every possible point of view.
The three ‘R’s–reduce, reuse, and recycle–can serve as a lens to help organic farmers “take-back” fertility.
There’s an old adage, “the best fertilizer is a farmer’s footsteps.” Taken simply, this suggests that farmers need to get off their tractors and walk about their fields. At a deeper level, the adage speaks of a time in which the farmer and the land were intimately connected.
Most urban centres have bylaws restricting access to ‘agricultural livestock’ leaving some gardeners trying to sneak a hen or two into their basements. Without question, the most productive and prolific of livestock is one that all urban gardeners and rural farmers need to appreciate more—the ‘lowly’ earthworm.