It might sound weird, but people have been nourishing crops with human urine
Why? We ingest nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, then excrete them. Plants need them.
Urine as a fertilizer has several benefits
It’s less of a pollutant and typically cheaper than chemical fertilizer. Plus, collecting urine means not flushing it, thus not
The war in Ukraine and associated sanctions have also caused supply chain issues for farmers.
Russia exports ~20% of the world’s nitrogen fertilizers and, combined with Belarus, 40% of the world’s exported potassium,
Human pee could replace
- Getting people to not feel icky about it
- Changing plumbing infrastructure to collect urine
But several projects are already underway
BTW: If you’re curious about peeing on your own plants, well, the Rich Earth Institute also has
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