Anything having to do with human waste is bound to appeal to ecomoonbats. From the state that gave us Bernie Sanders:
“We’re all potty-trained,” Kim Nace reminded a small gathering of adults at the Rich Earth Institute in Brattleboro earlier this fall.
But, the nonprofit’s director added, humans can and should up their game.
Hundreds of urine donors in the area are making an effort.
The prospect of clean water downstream, achieved cheaply — is reason enough to donate your pee to science, Nace said.
Furthermore, research at the institute, partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, demonstrates that pasteurized urine is a first-class fertilizer on nearby hayfields.
Wherever dogs pee, the grass turns brown. But urine does contain phosphorus and nitrogen. However, if it isn’t economically viable to collect human urine and make it into fertilizer, the government is just pissing away our money again — and if it were economically viable, government involvement would not be necessary or likely.
[Nace’s] toilet at home, to work effectively, requires both men and women to sit down when taking a leak. A partition in the bowl sends urine down a pipe to a storage tank in the basement. The larger, more familiar hole, delivers solid loads to a composter.
A newly formulated “green” code for plumbers will help spur more such facilities, she predicts.
If your toilet requires a double flush to work properly because of government-mandated insufficient tank capacity, it is an Al Gore toilet. One day you may be forced to use a Kim Nace toilet, then cart the smelly harvest to a recycling center for the good of the delta smelts and polar bears.
In the meantime, Nace wants more of your money:
A further scaling up of collection and research would be easy, Nace said, but would require more than modest EPA and USDA grants.
Open up your wallets, taxpayers!
On tips from J, Stormfax, and Bodhisattva.