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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jenkins Publishing,U.S.; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964425831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964425835
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well written, practical, and thoroughly researched --Whole Earth Review

About the Author

Jenkins lives in the rural countryside of Pennsylvania, USA, with a few cats, some chickens and ducks, a dog and whatever friends and/or family members happen to be home at the time. His speaking schedule can be viewed at http://josephjenkins.com/speaking_engagements.htm. He began self-publishing in 1994. His three titles include: The Humanure Handbook; The Slate Roof Bible; and Balance Point. The Humanure Handbook has been recognized in the Benjamin Franklin Awards, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Independent Publisher Awards (where it was deemed "Outstanding Book of the Year, Most Likely to Save the Planet"), and the Three Rivers Environmental Awards, and has twice been a category bestseller on Amazon.com. Jenkins has worked in Mongolia and Haiti teaching humanure composting. He also speaks on the topic worldwide. More information can be seen at humanurehandbook.com. The Slate Roof Bible was awarded the prestigious Gold Circle Award by the National Roofing Contractors Association, as well as the Writer's Notes Book Award, and has been recognized in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards, the Independent Publisher Awards and the Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards. It has also been an Amazon.com #1 category bestseller. Jenkins is Executive Director of the Slate Roofing Contractors Association of North America, Inc., a non-profit trade association. He also speaks on the topic of slate roofs world-wide. More information can be seen at slateexperts.com. Balance Point, addresses the predicted worldwide global ecological collapse scientists say will occur in 20-40 years. Please visit the author's web sites at josephjenkins.com, slateroofcentral.com, slateroofwarehouse.com, slateexperts.com, traditionalroofing.com, humanurestore.com and humanurehandbook.com.


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Changed the way I think about things; bought the book two years ago and after following the guidelines on an outdoor toilet for this period of time I'm about to install three indoors. Make sure you read the book a few times and ensure you follow the do's and don'ts to the letter (only two pages in the book) and it will work. It takes me less than five minutes a week to deal with two peoples waste (plus guests) which I'm sure is a lot less time than some people spend per day looking after a flushing toilet! The book may be a bit technical at times and you probably don't think you need all the info, but it's all good stuff to convince yourself and others that this is the right thing to do in an over populated and polluted planet.
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Even if you think the idea of composting your own toilet waste is far too outlandish for you. Once you have finished reading this book, you'll feel guilt at going against complete common sense and doing your business in drinking water, in effect poisoning your own water supply which must be cleaned with poisonous chlorine!

Joseph Jenkins convinces the reader how ignorant we've all been for far too long. He explains how the compost is completely safe to use on vegetables, even if the waste originally had parasites and heavy metals. Thermophillic composting appears to break everything down.

I couldn't recommend reading this enough.
I'll be now lending this book to my dad who is a fecophobe in its truest traditional form!

Next job. Build a compost toilet system!
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Most people would find some parts of this book a bit disgusting but that's all because we are all so used to flush toilets which not only waste water but pollute the environment via sewages. I actually think this is how ''toilets'' were back in the time of Christ, of course the bushmen have always recycled this way and they are all disease free. Trust me, there is nothing primitive about this loo, it is the best thing we could all do with, especially those living in the countryside and have loads of space. I'm definitely going for it, thank you Joseph Jenkins, you convinced me - back to the natural reality!
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This book is brilliant! I'm very much a novice when it comes to composting and have created some pretty smelly heaps in my time, but this book makes composting so simple, I love it! I think the auther manages a healthy balance of experienced knowledge, thorough, scientific research, practical 'how to' with a bit of humour thrown in, with what is a pretty serious and important issue for all of us. It has succeeded in making me so excited, I'm making plans to have my own humanure composting system - can't wait!
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Due to a plumbing fault in the house, my family have been composting in the back garden on a daily basis for over a year. What a bonus to stumble upon this book and find out that our actions have been helping to preserve the future of our planet! A number of residents in our street have complainined that the local environment has been suffering from some rather unpleasant air pollution of late, so we feel proud to be putting something back.
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The Humanure Handbook has become a classic for anyone who has environmental or horticultural interests. It is very well researched, has all the facts and figures at hand and is full of interesting, sometimes funny tips (from 'Tommy Turd). I bought this copy to have in my guest house to help spread the word. For anyone who would like to help save water wastage and make fantastic manure in the most simple, effective way, this is the book. There are photos of loos people have made and detailed plans and drawings and much else, besides. Don't hesitate, buy it!
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This self-published book should, as other reviewers have already written, be read by everyone on the planet. It is extraordinary. The amount of valuable research and advice in one volume, on a totally unglamorous subject is astonishing.
The style is gently humorous (what else could it be?) so the vast amount of information is easy reading.
Thank heavens there are people like Joseph Jenkins who are prepared to do the research and get it out in the public domain.

Check out this book on the Amazon.com site. You can look inside the book there and note that it has 75 five star ratings!!
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This book attempts to convince people to compost their faeces rather than flush them down the sewers. This is fundamentally a good idea - it is wasteful to throw away a useful fertiliser, wasteful to flush it away with drinking quality water, and the effluent from sewage plants pollute our rivers. The author spoils his good intentions by wasting pages expounding his political and religious views, which are likely to offend a proportion of readers, who may then be less inclined to make humanure, which would be a shame. The book does contain all the practical information you require to make humanure at home, although probably not in a bedsit.
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