An entertaining and enlightening exploration of why waste matters, this cultural history explores an often ignored Subject matter and makes a compelling argument for a deeper understanding of human and animal waste. Approaching the Subject from a variety of perspectivesØ¥volutionary, ecological, and culturalØ´his examination shows how integral excrement is to biodiversity, agriculture, public health, food Production and distribution, and global ecosystems. From primordial ooze, dung beetles, bug frass, cat scats, and flush toilets to global trade, pandemics, and energy, this is the awesome, troubled, uncensored story of feces.
David Waltner-Toews is a veterinarian and epidemiologist. He is the author of The Chickens Fight Back: Pandemic Panics and Deadly Diseases That Jump from Animals to People and Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.
“[The Origin of Feces] has been drawing the kind of notices bestowed on such socio-cultural-historical-environmental studies as Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food and Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel ... while his book might not become the subject of a lot of chats around the dinner table, it definitely falls into the ‘why didn’t anyone think of this before?’ category of popular science.” - Montreal Gazette