The new economy of excrement (recent article in Nature)

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The new economy of excrement

See the recent article in Nature "The New Economy of Excrement" by Chelsea Wald. www.nature.com/news/the-new-economy-of-excrement-1.22591

Interesting that even a journal with the stature of Nature uses the word "excrement" which refers strictly to faeces when in fact the author meant excreta. That the volume ratio of urine to faecal material in excreta is 10 to 1 is still not common knowledge.

Anyway the article touches on the reuse work of PIVOT in Uganda.

The work from PIVOT Kenya was first reported in SuSanA in 2014.
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/169-pr...pivot-ltd-kenya#9398

and in the project database
www.susana.org/en/resources/library/details/2097

Also BioCycle in Durban that produce BSF larvae from sludge is described.

And if you want to find out what sort of money can be had in these businesses go to
REVAMP - SEI's process tool for reuse.
www.sei-international.org/mediamanager/d...I-2016-DB-REVAMP.pdf Contact for that is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Re: The new economy of excrement

Thanks for bringing this nice article to our attention!
You got me confused now about "excrement"...
Just to make sure I got it right (and that it's also right on Wikipedia):
- Excrement = feces only (when putting "excrement" into Wikipedia there is a redirect to feces: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feces )
- Excreta = feces and urine (when putting "excreta" into Wikipedia there is a redirect to "human excreta" which redirects to "human waste": en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_waste )

Would you say this is correct or are any adjustments needed?
When I see excrement used in Wikipedia articles, I tend to change it to excreta because I find usually people mean both (urine and faeces). Also I would say excreta has become the more commonly used term - right?

Coupling the word "economy" with sanitation - like they have done in the article in Nature - seems to become more popular. See e.g. here this new report by Toilet Board Coalition ("Introducing the sanitation economy"): www.toiletboard.org/sanitation-economy



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