Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Categories:
Cow pies, scat, droppings, guano, dung, manure, night soil, poop, fecal matter, sh*t. Call it what you may, excrement plays a crucial role in evolution, culture and the environment. In his new book, "The Origin Of Feces", Dr. David Waltner-Toews, a Canadian veterinarian and epidemiologist, tackles the sometimes taboo but always smelly subject that many wish would simply go away. But as it piles higher and deeper, there are just as many who think waste can be put to good use and can play a key role in a sustainable society. We'll explore why waste matters to biodiversity, agriculture, public health, food production and distribution, and global ecosystems.
- Bacteria survives in the sub-zero Arctic; ancient pottery point to the origins of cooking; and the slow painful death of an entangled whale.