Skip to comments.Farmers Use Human Urine as Fertilizers, Pesticide
Posted on 08/19/2007 6:15:30 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
(MAYUGE) - If you are a farmer, you may want to think twice about flushing your urine down the toilet. Urine may be a waste product but it also has many uses, and the best part of it is that it comes with no price tag.
Farmers in various parts of the country use human urine as fertilizers and to fight crop diseases. The method started in Baitambogwe Village in Mayuge District but has now spread to over 21 districts. Through knowledge sharing via telephone Short Message System commonly known as SMS, farmers in Baitambogwe are propagating the method to their counterparts in various parts of the country.
"We no longer waste urine in our homes. Each member of the family is allocated a tin every night where she/he urinates then in the morning we pour it into a big container and ferment it for 28 days," said Mary Batwaweela in a recent interview. After that period (28 days), the urine, according to Ms Batwaweela, is then mixed with water at a ration of 1:1 and taken to the gardens and poured in rows so that the plant can feed on it from the soil.
The aim is to increase soil fertility so that the crop can have the necessary nutrients. As a result, the soil remains fertile and crops can be grown all year round supported by watering (irrigation). "You don't have to pour it directly on the plant because it will burn," she explained.
Ms Batwaweela said urine can also be used for spraying bananas against wilt. Before spraying her banana plantation, Ms Batwaweela mixes one jerry can of water with a jerry can of urine together with ash and red pepper. "I don't have money to buy the expensive chemicals so that is what I use. It is very effective and my bananas are doing well," she said.
The farmers are organised under the Busoga Rural Organisation for Development Initiatives (Brosdi). Brosdi gives a platform for rural farmers and facilitates them in areas of improving livelihoods.
At least 500 farmers countrywide are using the method to get high yields that has transformed their livelihoods. Fermented human urine can also be mixed with animal waste to make a paste, which acts as soil fertilizer. When planting a banana sucker, the paste is mixed with coffee husks and poured in the hole before planting.
In Mexico, human urine is fermented by placing one litre of urine in a container and adding a spoonful of black soil. It is left to sit for 28 days and the process is completed when the smell of ammonia becomes pervasive and colour changes from yellow to dark brown, making it ready for use in gardens.
That stuff burns out grass on the golf course.
Sign me up for this program. I love the smell of ammonia.
Urine is also good to repel ants.
Same happens near a septic system. I hear it makes good crops.
We use processed sewage on fields in this country too. I think farmers are restricted to using it on crops fed to livestock.
When I was a teenager working on the farm I dreaded picking rocks out of the few fields the farmer sprayed the sewage on.
Buying American looks better and better.
Hope you didn't 'sign your name' in the grass so they know who did it.
Master Gardener Jerry Baker has a number of garden “tonic” recipes that include the use of human urine.
Also traditionally used for the milling (fulling, waulking) of tweed cloth in Scotland.
That’s why they let it “ferment” for 28 days. ;-)
Ancient Rome used urine to clean clothes. That’s how they got their garments so white. They even had public places in the center of Rome to collect the urine.
In colonial times...the straw from the stables was used in the production of gun powder...
I’ve read that urine was a common ingredient in Roman laundry.
My understanding is it's quite sterile. Many generations of Gaels survived pounding (by hand) newly-woven tweedcloth soaked in this with no apparent ill effects. (It does not appear to be linked to Bagpipe Affinity Syndrome.)
Welcome to the 21st century, folks.
Who leaked this? I am pissed off. This whole article is a piss poor argument. If this catches on we can expect agribusiness to sing “Urine the Money”.
>> Who leaked this? I am pissed off. This whole article is a piss poor argument. If this catches on we can expect agribusiness to sing Urine the Money.
Why did you piss away four good posts in one shot?
>> My understanding is it’s quite sterile.
Yeah, if you have bacteria (or blood) in your bladder, something’s wrong with you.
>> Urine is also good to repel ants.
I read somewhere that the urine of any large mammal — dog, horse, man, manbearpig, whatever — will repel coyotes.
We live in a semi-rural setting and have (or had, before urban encroachment) quite a few coyotes around.
So, just on the off chance that it works, I’d occasionally (uh, OK, frequently) take a leak out on the property somewhere.
I guess it kinda worked — I’m pretty sure the cat died of natural causes.
I liberate my excess fluids in the yard all the time. I call it bonding with the dogs.
“Why did you piss away four good posts in one shot?”
Hey what do I know? I am just a peon.
’ WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO
AN’ DON’T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW
WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO
AN’ DON’T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW ‘
I work next to a plant where truckloads of raw sewage are brought in daily. Someone’s buying the stuff. What are they making out of it? Crabby Pattys?
“Urine is also good to repel ants”
Well I myself ain’t exactly attracted to it. :)
Who would’ve ever thunk that this of all threads would turn comedy, eh?
They used it as a dentifrice, as well!
The Long Yellow river was witten by I.P. Standing.
I guess vegtables treated with urine would still count as organic. Wash’em well, folks.
>> I work next to a plant where truckloads of raw sewage are brought in daily. Someones buying the stuff. What are they making out of it?
Big-city newspaper maybe?
The economics must be great, they hardly process the stuff before sending it out again.
It has been used to make teeth extra white. They say it works better than tooth paste.
And hey, once you're used to brushing your teeth with it, why not just drink the stuff...
(shudder) I knew someone who was into this. He and his wife gave me a whole book on the subject. I couldn't even entertain the thought.
“Who wouldve ever thunk that this of all threads would turn comedy, eh?”
One of my first movies I saw and still remember was “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”. What can I say.
“So, just on the off chance that it works, Id occasionally (uh, OK, frequently) take a leak out on the property somewhere.”
Guaranteed, I wont walk on your property.
>> Guaranteed, I wont walk on your property.
Because, even though the coyotes have pretty much moved along, I still do from time to time.
Why? Because I’m a man and I can! Mrs. Tick doesn’t like it (I think she’s just jealous).
And it helps grow orchids in Hawaii.
>> It has been used to make teeth extra white.
I bet it makes the breath extra fresh, too.
Beer is real good for plants; but don’t put it on the plants sitting on the floor if you have animals. You won’t hav any soil to put those plants in. LOl
Nearly the same as a six pack of Zima...
>> Nearly the same as a six pack of Zima...
Save money! Just prime yourself by drinking one sixpack of Zima, and then put the ol’ system on recirc and party all night...
“And it helps grow orchids in Hawaii.”
In the voice of Chandler...must...not...make...joke...
Wonder if you can use urine to make ammonia-fuel explosives.
My uncle used to to coop farming — he’d farm land for people who had land but didn’t know how to farm, and they’d split the profits. He tells a story of being out fertilizing some dude’s field, and the dude comes out of his house and starts giving him lip about some stupid stuff. He said when he finished the field he just made three passes around the fellow’s house, and within a week the grass was waist high.
I believe the original ‘match’ was created using urine, and for many, many years a sufficient supply of the golden flow was needed for production.
I've tried this, but no matter how much beer I'd drink, I could only irrigate & fertilize a few acres.
I walk around my yard, pi$$ing where ever I please! Now my yard is totally brown! Less mowing!
Baker also has tonics that call for beer, some call for whiskey, and lots call for cola.
Ah, go ahead. A lot of plants especially orchids get fertilized that way in Hawaii.