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A Rapture of Humus

A bushel of sawdust and a low-tech composting toilet used for compost collection.

By Robert C. Koehler

Day after the election and, wow, there it was, a story in my local paper that cried out that the world was changing in a sensible direction. I simply had to stare at it for a while before I could even read it.

The world-changing aspect was simply the fact that the paper — the Chicago Tribune, which I don’t expect to cross serious taboo lines — ran it at all, as a feature story in its Chicagoland section: “Taking the ‘waste’ out of human waste,” by Lauren R. Harrison.

It was a story, to put it indelicately, about the composting of human excrement for eventual use as garden manure.

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