Sustainable agriculture

On my research on sustainable agriculture I found this great book by Annie Francé-Harrar, called „die letzte Chance für eine Zukunft ohne Not“ („the last chance for a future without adversity (?Right word?)“)

(in one sentence) This book is about the importance of humus for mankind – 700 pages long. It is written so beautifully and understandable, even though it is quite scientific. In my opinion it is definitly worth reading – even one or two chapters…

She wrote it in 1957!!! Amazing!!!

At the end of the book Annie F-H suggests to produce humus by collecting and transforming human feaces. I know that in the former DDR they put human feaces directly on the fields with the result that many people got very unpleasent worms in their guts. (@Julian: not the tiny, cute ones you see just under your microscope…).
From the present point of view: would it make sence to produce humus by using human feaces?


Ahoj Swantje,

thanks for starting this thread.

Annie Francé-Harrar “The Last Chance for a Future without Misery” (that sounds right for me) is even older - from 1950 - and should definitely have a permanent place in world literature. As far as I know it was never even translated. Anyone motivated to start? :wink:

Concerning compost toilets, I would suggest these wiki-articles:

There are several companies selling compost toilets – e.g. - I recently used this one at Ars Electronica. Quite a few festivals use them instead of the usual ToiToi/Dixi toilets, Boom-Festival is probably one of the biggest.

I’ll read more into the pathogen problem… :slight_smile:

there’s a book about compost toilets - look at this guy


Whau! Thanks a lot for the links!
Yes, I think the pathogen problem is the crusial point. Just asked at Öklo for more information …

And you are oh so right! We need an english translation of the book!

The toilet book is just great - especially the guy sitting in the dunes!

Here a great book about Uwe Wüst, a very unkonventionell farmer using „Pflugloser Mischfruchtanbau“ (plowless mixed crop cultivation… something like that) … Almost the entire text in the book is one big interview with this farmer … and the fotos are beautiful!!! …

hat sounds really interesting - and it exists for so long!, though it does not seem very “organic” since they say you need more fertiliser since you do not plow and therefore have a weed problem… I have to ask how Uwe Wüst deals with the weed…