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posted by hubie on Wednesday June 22, @04:33PM   Printer-friendly
from the better-pea-yield dept.

Testing the use of human urine as a natural fertilizer for crops:

Humans have known for thousands of years that their urine is an excellent fertilizer for crops. It contains phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium—many of the same ingredients as commercial fertilizers. But because of the squeamishness associated with using urine to grow crops, its use has been limited. [...]

The first step in the experiment involved renaming urine because its common name was considered offensive. They settled on Oga. Next, they separated the farmers into two groups; one ran their farms in the traditional way, the other fertilized their wheat using Oga. Over two growing seasons, crop yields were measured for both groups. The Oga for the second group of 27 farmers was provided by the farmers themselves, who were taught how to pasteurize, store and dilute their urine for use as fertilizer. They also added small amounts of animal manure.

The data collected from the farms showed that those that had been fertilized using Oga produced on average 30% more grain than the traditional farms. The researchers note that the differences were so great that other women in the region began emulating those in the experiment. Two years after the experiment, they found that more than a thousand women farmers were using Oga to fertilize their crops.

Journal Reference:
Moussa, Hannatou O., Nwankwo, Charles I., Aminou, Ali M., et al. Sanitized human urine (Oga) as a fertilizer auto-innovation from women farmers in Niger [open], Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 2022. DOI: 10.1007/s13593-021-00675-2


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @04:49PM (11 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @04:49PM (#1255395)

    "The first step in the experiment involved renaming urine because its common name was considered offensive."

    This, children, is what they call "science" in 21st century A.D.
    Everything we once had, we have pissed away. Now, even literally.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @05:02PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @05:02PM (#1255400)

    Yeah, whatever. I'd stay and argue with you, but I have to go take an Oga.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @08:37PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @08:37PM (#1255448)

      "...but I have to go take..."

      I don't understand why I'm the only person I know who leaves them but everyone else takes them. You can have 'em. I'm trying to rid myself of waste, not collect it. ;)

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @05:56PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @05:56PM (#1255420)

    I'm surprised they didn't rename "women farmers". They couldn't find someone who considers that offensive?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @07:35PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @07:35PM (#1255428)

      The alternatives were she-farmers and farmerettes. Women farmers won.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by NPC-131072 on Wednesday June 22, @08:06PM (2 children)

      by NPC-131072 (7144) on Wednesday June 22, @08:06PM (#1255437) Journal

      Hello fren,

      What's offensive? This is an inclusive "front hole fertilizer". It works the same for anyone who defines themselves as a woman.

      • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday June 22, @09:46PM (1 child)

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday June 22, @09:46PM (#1255462) Journal

        The simple answer is that you tell people it's fertilizer because you want to compare it to fertilizer and telling people it's urine, or whatever substance they are testing, could bias the results.

        It is sad that I need to explain such basic science in this day and age....

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, @12:01PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, @12:01PM (#1255565)

          It is very much sadder that you now go and call that bucket of piss "basic science" and expect not to be immediately laughed out.
          It is precisely what was said; we, the civilization, have pissed our science away. In its place, silly fucks doing silly rituals.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult [wikipedia.org]

    • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday June 22, @09:44PM

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday June 22, @09:44PM (#1255460) Journal

      I'm surprised they didn't rename "women farmers". They couldn't find someone who considers that offensive?

      I think we just found that someone!

  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday June 22, @07:39PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday June 22, @07:39PM (#1255431) Journal

    Ah sweet, control groups are now part of the conspiracy!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, @08:12PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, @08:12PM (#1255669)

    "The first step in the experiment involved renaming urine because its common name was considered offensive."

    This, children, is what they call "science" in 21st century A.D.
    Everything we once had, we have pissed away. Now, even literally.

    "Having a dirty name bother people is illogical, so it can't be true." Is that better "science?"

    Or maybe the suggestion is to not properly document ALL the steps of an experiment?

    I'd say that science is observing and understanding the universe around you. Moreover, it is pretty clear that names matter (hence things like renaming "rapeseed oil" to "canola oil"). So, yes, I would consider this "science," no matter when it was done.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, @09:31PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, @09:31PM (#1255686)

      City dwelling snowflakes imagining that "a dirty name" can "bother" villagers in Africa, is SO beyond merely illogical, my illogic-meter is on fire like the damn lp0.
      Have you seen a villager once in your sheltered life? Have you ever talked with one? Have you? I guess not.