Agitated into another post here, since my words were apparently barred elsewhere.
Below you will find my previously unpublished comment to the article: "Humanure: The Next Frontier in Composting - Modern Farmer"
I began by pointing out a factual error as of March 11, 2017 which Modern Farmer may correct without acknowledging the reader who pointed it out (me). The rest should be self apparent, as well as all the reasons Modern Farmer didn't want my comments to appear. Enjoy.
"A well-drained site is essential to prevent water contamination, and for maintaining anaerobic conditions in the pile." Obviously the desired condition is aerobic, not anaerobic. Low oxygen favors disease and odor causing organisms.
This article also promotes and promulgates false fears of properly made and aged humanure - with unnecessary cautions to only use it "where there is no chance of it coming to contact with something you’re going to eat." Not much point then, is there? No confidence in the quest to reconnect with nature, and to stop wasting energy and fertility, aye? With unfounded paranoia like that, who would bother and 'risk' it?
It seems like the whole point of this article is to generate icky, icky fear of this well informed trend, so instead we'll continue to spend billions of tax on infrastructure and energy... paying a few to stay fabulously rich pumping anerobic (airless, so now toxic), sewage around.
I'm left wondering if the author of this article read Joseph Jenkin's book "The Humanure Handbook". After thousands of years of humanure success, it only took industrial propaganda a generation or two to 'domesticate' us with the imposed neurosis of fecophobia.
Without humanure the ancient civilizations of Egypt and China would not have lasted thousands of years... a few generations at most. It's how they grew their FOOD, darn it. Ick! We, of course, flush it all 'away'. Much better to starve. And pollute the sea. And enrich the industrialists as we impoverish our soils and ourselves. Brilliant.
So ladies and gentlemen, arm yourselves with chemical bowl wash and brush, and don't forget the rubber gloves. Be more afraid of human poop than human extinction. Amen.