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The Origin of Feces : What Excrement Tells Us about Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society
by David Waltner-Toews


Overview - An entertaining and enlightening exploration of why waste matters The Origin of Feces takes an important subject out of locker-rooms, potty-training manuals, and bio-solids management boardrooms into the fresh air of everyone's lives. With insight and wit, David Waltner-Toews explores what has been too often ignored and makes a compelling argument for a deeper understanding of human and animal waste.  Read more...

 
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Overview
An entertaining and enlightening exploration of why waste matters The Origin of Feces takes an important subject out of locker-rooms, potty-training manuals, and bio-solids management boardrooms into the fresh air of everyone's lives. With insight and wit, David Waltner-Toews explores what has been too often ignored and makes a compelling argument for a deeper understanding of human and animal waste. Approaching the subject from a variety of perspectives -- evolutionary, ecological, and cultural -- The Origin of Feces shows us how integral excrement is to biodiversity, agriculture, public health, food production and distribution, and global ecosystems. From the primordial ooze to dung beetles, from bug frass, cat scats, and flush toilets to global trade, pandemics, and energy, this is the awesome, troubled, unexpurgated story of feces.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781770411166
  • ISBN-10: 177041116X
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publish Date: May 2013
  • Page Count: 198
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.34 x 0.56 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-05-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

As an old joke goes, "A horse, a cow, and a sheep all eat grass, but the sheep excretes pellets, the cow plops out patties, and the horse puts out something that looks like rye buns. Why is that?" Answers to this question and more fill veterinarian and epidemiologist Waltner-Toews's fascinating evolutionary and cultural history of excrement. Aside from cocktail-party tidbits—like how a person in 18th century Japan could be imprisoned for stealing human excrement, or why the poop of sperm whales protects against global warming—this book is also a clear examination of the "wicked problem" excrement poses regarding our health and as a means for "seed dispersal". While overpopulation, "rapid growth in economies of scale in agriculture," and global trade have "created new pathways for the pathogens of excrement," feces are also "essential ingredients that make places what they are." Guiding readers through the "complex challenges" of the effects of human and animal waste, Waltner-Toews (Food, Sex and Salmonella) offers working solutions towards creating a sustainable ecosystem. More than just a "bathroom read", this book offers delightful revelations of the history, evolution, and effects our bowel movements have on our world. (May)

 
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