Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind

Author(s): Gene Logsdon

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In this insightful new book, farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure - our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure, but also spends a staggering amount of money doing so. He argues if we do not learn how to turn our manures into fertiliser to keep food production in line with our increasing population, our civilisation will inevitably decline. With his trademark humour, his years of experience of writing about both farming and waste management, and his uncanny eye for the small but important details, Logsdon artfully describes how to manage farm manure, pet manure and human manure, to make fertiliser and humus, covering a multitude of topics.


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"No one knows more about the backside of agriculture (and the front side, and everything in between) than Gene Logsdon, truly one of the shrewdest practitioners and wisest observers of farming and agriculture. He doesn't care much for social taboos or politeness, and challenges us to see land, animals, ourselves, and yeah, shit, as parts of one system--whole and undefiled--and maybe discover the Holy in the excremental. This is Logsdon at his best; "Holy Shit" is a national treasure."--David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and Senior Adviser to the President, Oberlin College

Gene Logsdon farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He is one of the clearest and most original voices of rural America. He has published more than two dozen books; his Chelsea Green books include Small-Scale Grain Raising (2nd Edition), Living at Nature's Pace, The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening, Good Spirits, and The Contrary Farmer. He writes a popular blog at OrganicToBe.org, is a regular contributor to Farming magazine and The Draft Horse Journal, and writes an award-winning weekly column in the Carey, Ohio Progressor Times.

General Fields

  • : 9781603582513
  • : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • : 0.277
  • : November 2010
  • : 190mm X 140mm X 17mm
  • : United States
  • : December 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gene Logsdon
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 631.861
  • : 272
  • : Illustrations