In the mid 20th century, whole cities’ sewage systems safely and successfully used fish to treat and purify their water. Waste-fed fish ponds are a low-tech, cheap, and sustainable alternative to deal with our own shit — and to obtain high protein food in the process.
What happens when it becomes too costly, unfeasible or, due to sudden disruptions to our energy supplies, impossible, to run our mains sewage system?
The transgender restroom debate is a red herring, whose solution lies in the question affecting all of us: "What do we do with our effluents as industrial civilization collapses?"
Dan Chiras: "The most affluent have become the most effluent." Dr. Pooper: "You humans have big brains, but you’ve got even bigger arseholes."
It’s said that money makes the world go round. But since money is a proxy for energy, it would be closer to say that energy makes the world go round. But they’re both wrong. Truth is, shit makes the world go round.
Using human urine and faeces as fertiliser may seem an unappetising concept but it’s been common practice for centuries.
Inadequate management of human waste is a dire problem in much of the developing world.