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Farmers Use Human Urine as Fertilizers, Pesticide
The Sunday Monitor - Uganda ^ | August 19, 2007 | By Joseph Mazige

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.


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1 posted on 08/19/2007 6:15:32 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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To: JACKRUSSELL

That stuff burns out grass on the golf course.


2 posted on 08/19/2007 6:16:38 PM PDT by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
"process is completed when the smell of ammonia becomes pervasive"

Sign me up for this program. I love the smell of ammonia.

/s

3 posted on 08/19/2007 6:18:01 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Criticize me if you will but just don't circumcise me any more.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Urine is also good to repel ants.


4 posted on 08/19/2007 6:18:16 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Same happens near a septic system. I hear it makes good crops.


5 posted on 08/19/2007 6:18:19 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: JACKRUSSELL

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.


6 posted on 08/19/2007 6:18:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
I have no idea if this is safe or not. But I am reminded that some of the food and some of the products that we import from other countries turn out to be less safe than we thought.

Buying American looks better and better.

7 posted on 08/19/2007 6:18:36 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agammemnon dead.)
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To: golfisnr1
That stuff burns out grass on the golf course.

Hope you didn't 'sign your name' in the grass so they know who did it.

8 posted on 08/19/2007 6:19:12 PM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Master Gardener Jerry Baker has a number of garden “tonic” recipes that include the use of human urine.


9 posted on 08/19/2007 6:20:43 PM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Also traditionally used for the milling (fulling, waulking) of tweed cloth in Scotland.


10 posted on 08/19/2007 6:21:15 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: golfisnr1

That’s why they let it “ferment” for 28 days. ;-)


11 posted on 08/19/2007 6:22:52 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: JACKRUSSELL

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.


12 posted on 08/19/2007 6:22:52 PM PDT by RC2
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To: JACKRUSSELL

In colonial times...the straw from the stables was used in the production of gun powder...


13 posted on 08/19/2007 6:23:07 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: sionnsar

I’ve read that urine was a common ingredient in Roman laundry.


14 posted on 08/19/2007 6:23:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I have no idea if this is safe or not.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket 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.)

15 posted on 08/19/2007 6:25:33 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Welcome to the 21st century, folks.


16 posted on 08/19/2007 6:38:08 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: JACKRUSSELL

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”.


17 posted on 08/19/2007 6:43:11 PM PDT by Delacon
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To: sionnsar
3 cheers for urine

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HIP HIP URINE

HIP HIP URINE

HIP HIP URINE!!!
18 posted on 08/19/2007 6:46:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Delacon

>> 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?


19 posted on 08/19/2007 6:48:13 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: sionnsar

>> My understanding is it’s quite sterile.

Yeah, if you have bacteria (or blood) in your bladder, something’s wrong with you.


20 posted on 08/19/2007 6:49:23 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: neodad

>> 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.


21 posted on 08/19/2007 6:53:29 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: Nervous Tick

I liberate my excess fluids in the yard all the time. I call it bonding with the dogs.


22 posted on 08/19/2007 6:56:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Nervous Tick

“Why did you piss away four good posts in one shot?”

Hey what do I know? I am just a peon.


23 posted on 08/19/2007 6:57:20 PM PDT by Delacon
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To: Nervous Tick

’ 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 ‘

http://www.seeklyrics.com/lyrics/Frank-Zappa/Don-t-Eat-The-Yellow-Snow.html


24 posted on 08/19/2007 6:58:02 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: JACKRUSSELL

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?


25 posted on 08/19/2007 6:58:13 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: neodad

“Urine is also good to repel ants”

Well I myself ain’t exactly attracted to it. :)


26 posted on 08/19/2007 6:59:41 PM PDT by Delacon
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To: Delacon

Who would’ve ever thunk that this of all threads would turn comedy, eh?


27 posted on 08/19/2007 6:59:49 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: cripplecreek

They used it as a dentifrice, as well!


28 posted on 08/19/2007 7:00:52 PM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: tflabo

The Long Yellow river was witten by I.P. Standing.


29 posted on 08/19/2007 7:02:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Ahhhhhhhhhh! I say... piss on it!
30 posted on 08/19/2007 7:02:07 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I guess vegtables treated with urine would still count as organic. Wash’em well, folks.


31 posted on 08/19/2007 7:02:48 PM PDT by Nachoman (My guns and my ammo, they comfort me.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

>> 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?

Big-city newspaper maybe?

The economics must be great, they hardly process the stuff before sending it out again.


32 posted on 08/19/2007 7:03:17 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: hunter112

It has been used to make teeth extra white. They say it works better than tooth paste.


33 posted on 08/19/2007 7:08:23 PM PDT by southland (Proverbs 22:7)
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To: hunter112
They used it as a dentifrice, as well!

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.

34 posted on 08/19/2007 7:09:25 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: Nervous Tick

“Who would’ve 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.


35 posted on 08/19/2007 7:13:08 PM PDT by Delacon
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To: Nervous Tick

“So, just on the off chance that it works, I’d occasionally (uh, OK, frequently) take a leak out on the property somewhere.”

Guaranteed, I wont walk on your property.


36 posted on 08/19/2007 7:19:10 PM PDT by Delacon
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To: Delacon

>> Guaranteed, I wont walk on your property.

Good thinking.

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).


37 posted on 08/19/2007 7:23:29 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: golfisnr1

And it helps grow orchids in Hawaii.


38 posted on 08/19/2007 7:24:31 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: southland

>> It has been used to make teeth extra white.

I bet it makes the breath extra fresh, too.


39 posted on 08/19/2007 7:24:51 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: Gabz

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


40 posted on 08/19/2007 7:26:04 PM PDT by freekitty
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And hey, once you're used to brushing your teeth with it, why not just drink the stuff...

Nearly the same as a six pack of Zima...

41 posted on 08/19/2007 7:30:41 PM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: hunter112

>> Nearly the same as a six pack of Zima...

Good point.

Save money! Just prime yourself by drinking one sixpack of Zima, and then put the ol’ system on recirc and party all night...


42 posted on 08/19/2007 7:37:13 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: freekitty

“And it helps grow orchids in Hawaii.”

In the voice of Chandler...must...not...make...joke...


43 posted on 08/19/2007 7:37:42 PM PDT by Delacon
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To: JACKRUSSELL
when the smell of ammonia becomes pervasive

Wonder if you can use urine to make ammonia-fuel explosives.

44 posted on 08/19/2007 7:38:22 PM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Orange1998

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.


45 posted on 08/19/2007 7:41:19 PM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: RC2

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.


46 posted on 08/19/2007 7:42:59 PM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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I've tried this, but no matter how much beer I'd drink, I could only irrigate & fertilize a few acres.

47 posted on 08/19/2007 7:52:03 PM PDT by BlueDragon
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I walk around my yard, pi$$ing where ever I please! Now my yard is totally brown! Less mowing!


48 posted on 08/19/2007 7:52:16 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I'M WITH FRED!)
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To: freekitty

LOL!!!!

Baker also has tonics that call for beer, some call for whiskey, and lots call for cola.


49 posted on 08/19/2007 7:58:06 PM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Delacon

Ah, go ahead. A lot of plants especially orchids get fertilized that way in Hawaii.


50 posted on 08/19/2007 8:04:43 PM PDT by freekitty
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