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The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us about Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society

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An entertaining and enlightening exploration of why waste matters, this cultural history explores an often ignored subject matter and makes a compelling argument for a deeper understanding of human and animal waste. Approaching the subject from a variety of perspectives—evolutionary, ecological, and cultural—this examination shows how integral excrement is to biodiversity, agriculture, public health, food production and distribution, and global ecosystems. From primordial ooze, dung beetles, bug frass, cat scats, and flush toilets to global trade, pandemics, and energy, this is the awesome, troubled, uncensored story of feces.

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"As an old joke goes, 'A horse, a cow, and a sheep all eat grass, but the sheep excretes pellets, the cow plops out patties, and the horse puts out something that looks like rye buns. Why is that?' Answers to this question and more fill veterinarian and epidemiologist Waltner-Toews's fascinating evolutionary and cultural history of excrement. Aside from cocktail-party tidbits — like how a person in 18th century Japan could be imprisoned for stealing human excrement, or why the poop of sperm whales protects against global warming — this book is also a clear examination of the 'wicked problem' excrement poses regarding our health and as a means for 'seed dispersal'. While overpopulation, 'rapid growth in economies of scale in agriculture,' and global trade have 'created new pathways for the pathogens of excrement,' feces are also 'essential ingredients that make places what they are.' Guiding readers through the 'complex challenges' of the effects of human and animal waste, Waltner-Toews (Food, Sex and Salmonella) offers working solutions towards creating a sustainable ecosystem. More than just a 'bathroom read', this book offers delightful revelations of the history, evolution, and effects our bowel movements have on our world. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

David Waltner-Toews is a veterinarian and epidemiologist. He is the author of The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases That Jump from Animals to People and Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781770411166
Author:
Waltner Toews, David
Publisher:
ECW Press
Author:
Waltner-Toews, David
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
What Excrement Tells
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As an old joke goes, 'A horse, a cow, and a sheep all eat grass, but the sheep excretes pellets, the cow plops out patties, and the horse puts out something that looks like rye buns. Why is that?' Answers to this question and more fill veterinarian and epidemiologist Waltner-Toews's fascinating evolutionary and cultural history of excrement. Aside from cocktail-party tidbits — like how a person in 18th century Japan could be imprisoned for stealing human excrement, or why the poop of sperm whales protects against global warming — this book is also a clear examination of the 'wicked problem' excrement poses regarding our health and as a means for 'seed dispersal'. While overpopulation, 'rapid growth in economies of scale in agriculture,' and global trade have 'created new pathways for the pathogens of excrement,' feces are also 'essential ingredients that make places what they are.' Guiding readers through the 'complex challenges' of the effects of human and animal waste, Waltner-Toews (Food, Sex and Salmonella) offers working solutions towards creating a sustainable ecosystem. More than just a 'bathroom read', this book offers delightful revelations of the history, evolution, and effects our bowel movements have on our world. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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