Human sewage used for cereals

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Human sewage used for cereals
« on: 29/07/2008 22:15:47 »
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Human sewage used for cereals
by ANTHONY PHILLIPS - Sunday, July 27, 2008
Supermarket shoppers are unwittingly eating cereal products grown in Britain using human sewage.

Sainsbury's admitted last night that some of its crops use the fertiliser,
which is cheaper than the animal-based variety.


I prefer to use milk on my cereal.  
« Last Edit: 30/07/2008 05:27:16 by RD »

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Re: Human sewage used for cereals
« Reply #1 on: 29/07/2008 22:49:54 »
That is very odd, I always understood that human manure was not very good at fertilising plants. What is the problem anyway poop is poop. I know some animals like cats can have nasty diseases in their poos but human poo is usually OK.
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Re: Human sewage used for cereals
« Reply #2 on: 29/07/2008 23:08:45 »
Unfortunatley this is just another of those media stories made to scare people and sell newspapers as it can make a very good fertiliser as its fairy rich in nitrogen and has a high mineral content.

It is usually heated first in large closed containers which then naturally bio-degrades the solids and makes them safe from any nasty diseases etc. IIRC they also use a catalyst to speed up the process.

It also has the added benefit of producing plenty of methane, more than is used to heat it in the first place. That can then be taped off, bottled and sold as fuel.

It was fairly common at one time but its now easier to treat it and flush the waste into the sea so we swim in it instead!

Some places have been using it for decades and no ill effect have been found. To be honest I think it should be used more.

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Re: Human sewage used for cereals
« Reply #3 on: 30/07/2008 00:33:01 »
This is a common practice. Effluent - treated effluent - is recycled for crop use. It is a very sensible practice. And unlike raw sewage in China, liver flukes are not found in this "brown" water.
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Re: Human sewage used for cereals
« Reply #4 on: 30/07/2008 03:41:44 »
What is the problem anyway poop is poop.

Unlike farm manure, human waste in sewage is mixed with industrial effluent.

Human excrement is more likely to contain organisms which are pathogenic to humans than animal excrement.

(Sorry to pooh-pooh your post [:)] )
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« Reply #5 on: 30/07/2008 14:17:21 »
I am speaking of the treated effluent that has been treated to the point that any detrimental elements in the effluent are neutralized.
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« Reply #6 on: 30/07/2008 18:13:38 »
POOP POOP said Thomas the tank!!!
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« Reply #7 on: 30/07/2008 18:28:24 »
It is mmore ecological than using the artificial fertilisers also what creates the human sewage but food that might be crops etc.

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« Reply #8 on: 30/07/2008 18:31:25 »
I can hear Elton John singing the circle of life to a little poop.
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« Reply #9 on: 30/07/2008 19:02:41 »
"I can hear Elton John singing the circle of life to a little poop."
You should cut back on the drugs.
Anyway I understand that they used to extract vitamin B12 from this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milorganite
and I guess they may well have added it to breakfast cereals.
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« Reply #10 on: 31/07/2008 00:35:46 »
Has anyone seen "Soylent Green" lately?
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