Compost is the sine qua non of organic gardening and farming. But the material that San Francisco is giving away to homeowners, gardeners, and the general public is toxic sewage sludge masquerading as compost. This is why the Center for Food...
San Franciscans have six more weeks before they're required to toss their food scraps into green composting bins or face a fine - but apparently all the trash talk coming out of City Hall is already having an effect.
The earliest origins of green consciousness can be debated at length, but many point to the publication of naturalist Rachel Carson's Silent Spring as the key event which triggered public awareness and the beginning of environmental activism in...
SAN FRANCISCO - July 13 - Public health and environmental advocates have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deny a request from Dow AgroSciences for a permit allowing it to release large amounts of sulfuryl fluoride onto farm fields...
It took more than four years of negotiations and construction, but this month an Austin Water Utility inspector gave final clearance to a glorified outhouse that is on the vanguard of down-and-dirty environmentalism.
Known as a composting toilet, the East Austin commode relies on the alchemy wrought by bacteria to transform human waste into a rich trove of soil. Specialists in so-called humanure have hailed the approval of the toilet as a watershed moment for common-sense environmentalism.
Laura Allen, a 33-year-old teacher from Oakland, California, has a
famous toilet. To be honest, it’s actually a box,
covered in decorative ceramic tiles, sitting on the cement floor of her
bathroom like a throne. No pipes lead to or from it; instead, a bucket
full of shavings from a local wood shop rests on the box next to the
seat with a note
instructing users to add a scoopful after making their “deposit.”
Essentially an indoor outhouse, it’s a composting toilet, a sewerless
system that Allen uses to collect her household’s excrement and
transform it into a rich brown
IN AUGUST 1987, the National Park Service tore up the White House's South Lawn and tilled in heaps of a new, locally produced fertilizer. The weedy plot's transformation into a carpet of green caught gardeners' attention, and soon there was a waiting list to buy bags of ComPRO, a compost made from nearby wastewater plants' solid effluent, a.k.a. sewage sludge. Four years later, dumping sewage into the ocean was banned, and sludge went national.