A growing food shortage has been caused by the war in Ukraine. One of the most important tools for farmers is Fertilizer which increases crop yields. The price of this product has skyrocketed since the war between Russia and Ukraine began. Ukraine is known as the breadbasket of Europe as they produce a large amount of wheat that is used in this area of the world.
As chemical fertilizer has been rationed by farmers, food yields have suffered and as a result, we are seeing rampant food price inflation. The good news is that there is another natural fertilizer we all produce. The product is urine.
Apparently, the needed minerals and nutrients are plentiful in our urine and there is now a conservation movement to recycle urine from us and offer it to farmers in large quantities.
A recent article in the NY Times talked about how this is being done and how this natural recycling method can help farmers keep costs down while increasing the yields of food with your pee.
Meet the Peecyclers. Their Idea to Help Farmers Is No. 1.
A shortage of chemical fertilizer, worsened by the war in Ukraine, has growers desperate. It just so happens that human urine has the very nutrients that crops need.
By Catrin Einhorn June 17, 2022
For this article Catrin Einhorn traveled to Vermont, where she saw many different kinds of toilets.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — When Kate Lucy saw a poster in town inviting people to learn about something known as peecycling, she was mystified. “Why would someone pee in a jug and save it?” she wondered. “It sounds like such a wacky idea.”
She had to work the evening of the information session, so she sent her husband, Jon Sellers, to assuage her curiosity. He came home with a jug and funnel.
Human urine, Mr. Sellers learned that night seven years ago, is full of the same nutrients that plants need to flourish. It has a lot more, in fact, than Number Two, with almost none of the pathogens. Farmers typically apply those nutrients — nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium — to crops in the form of chemical fertilizers. But that comes with a high environmental cost from fossil fuels and mining.