The Origin of Feces by David Waltner-Toews


Who makes feces? How? Why? Afterwards what do they do with it? In The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society author David Waltner-Toews starts his exploration with a small story about dung beetles and how they put their eggs in feces, roll it all into a ball, and bury it. What about the rest of us? Humans in particular. Disposing of waste is something every society over time has had to deal with, especially when humans and animals cohabitate. As our population explodes so does the amount of excrement we create. And that's where some of the debates and problems begin. In an interesting and witty fashion, Waltner-Toews discusses the complexity of the position we've put ourselves in and how multidisciplinary cooperation and solutions may help with the use of or disposal of feces. I've made the book sound difficult and scientific, and some of it is, but it's also full of interesting history that follows excrement and its related issues through time and around the globe.

Our Milwaukee Public Museum has a special exhibit through January 14, 2014, called The Scoop on Poop. It is "an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it."

You may ask, "What is Milwaukee doing with it's waste?" It's making Milorganite, a fertilizer manufactured by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. "It is derived from heat-dried microbes that have digested the organic material in wastewater." Well done Milwaukee!

Valerie @ Central




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