composting animals

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Philadelphia MOVE Organization were a group of mostly black, freedom and nature loving activists who lived in Philadelphia in the early 1970s to early 80s until the Philadelphia police department dropped a bomb on their house from a helicopter on May 13, 1985, silencing their central figure, John Africa. Eleven MOVE family members, five of them children, clawed their way out of the inferno, only to be beaten back by police gunfire. The Philadelphia Police and Fire departments let the blaze continue for hours as the 11 people and their numerous rescued animals all perished. Their crimes? They were raw vegans protesting zoos and pet shops, taking in stray animals, composting, home schooling and preaching about the sacredness of life in the middle of a city that had no time to listen. 

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Worm transplantation

If you’re serious about balcony gardening, or container gardening in general, I think you should perform worm transplantations. The occasional worm gets in with planting material of course, but the soil in containers and pots is usually pretty dead as far as larger animals are concerned. Certainly worms, which can’t climb up multiple stories of a building to get to your balcony, will not often be present in great numbers.

We all know the benefit of worms: they aerate the soil, eat dead material and deliver it back to the soil in the form of fertile castings. If, like me, you don’t want to change the soil of your containers every year, worms are essential in making fertilising your soil easy to do.

You can buy them at a worm farm of, but a kilo may be a bit to much if you only want them to live in some containers or pots. Also price wise, collecting the worms yourself is a better option. To do this, you need to know someone with a garden. Go there, turn over logs, look under paving slabs or water the soil, then put moist cardboard on top. You’ll find worms by the dozens, all for free and easy to pick up. I also included some woodlice, for the odd bit of wood I may have lying around.

If the person with garden you know doesn’t want you to turn over logs and look under pavers, you may want to reconsider your friendship.

Of course, not all worms are created equal. Some live deep down in the earth while others prefer compost heaps and the top layer of the soil. I’d recommend you to only take those that live in the top layer or the compost heap, as they are the ones that munch on the dead plant materials.

When plants grow, they use nutrients from the soil, so you need to feed the soil to keep up with the growing needs of the plants, no matter if there are worms in it or not. If you take parts of the plant to eat, like fruit, leaves or roots, you use some of the nutrients from the soil to sustain your body. Other nutrients from the plants are sadly lost as ‘human waste’ in the largest waste of resources the earth is currently experiencing: sewage.

As people who don’t even have a garden probably don’t have the means of composting their own humanure (the worms don’t eat fast enough to keep up with your production!), the next best option is to buy pelleted manure to feed your soil with. Also add nails and hairs you loose or cut off, combined with old plant materials your balcony- or container garden produces, as well as kitchen waste.

Especially the manure, but also the scraps and body parts, should contain the trace elements your plants need. If you can get your hands on it, garden compost (made by a gardener, not bought in an anonymous sack you don’t know the origin of) could also give you these needed elements, maybe even in greater abundance than manure.

Balcony gardening is limiting the possibilities will be great still. Certainly if you enlist the help of the rest of the animal kingdom.


14 May 2017 © Dirk Hulst of @mijntuin.

Compost Toilets in Solarpunk

In my (granted short) amount of time exploring solarpunk, I have never once heard anyone mention compost toilets! So here are my thoughts.

If you don’t know what compost toilets are they are basically toilets where the poo and pee goes into a big compost box instead of into pipes.
Basically a large box is built above or below ground and then a toilet seat can be added on top of it with a hole leading in. You do your business, wipe with biodegradable tp, and then usually scoop in a few woodchips to help with the composting. When the box needs to be emptied machines or people with carts empty it and bring it to a place to be used as fertilizer.

It should be self explanatory, I think, why this fits in so well with solarpunk. Basically, it creates a way to live without wasting so much water, a way to nourish the ground, and a way for humans to give back to their environment in the basic way that all other animals do.
Compost toilets are so cool because generally humans have fucked up the cycle of the environment by eating food and then not returning their waste to the ground. Compost toilets remedy that issue.
But of course, anyone who has ever been in one may protest “they’re so ugly and clunky!!! They smell disgusting!!! They only work sell with one toilet!!”
While that may be true of the few I’ve been in, that’s just the way our society has made them. It’s very easy to modify that.
Solarpunk compost toilets would have underground boxes. The insides would look basically like normal bathrooms. Except of course, they would have the ability of being decorated and beautifully designed just like every other building. They could also have decorated steps that lead to the door to empty the compost box, and solar powered machinery capable of emptying it. Not only that, imagine the adorable matching woodchips cans and the widespread use of biodegradable toilet paper. There could also be above ground boxes that use the sun to speed up the compression and process of compost.
Plumbing is still a good idea for running water, but with the large infrastructure shift solarpunk calls for there’s no reason these two systems can’t exist side by side.

Long story short, compost toilets are great and our future should include more of them. Especially our solarpunk future.

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freshfromthedirt  asked:

I'm at Animal Kingdom and I noticed that the straws were paper and I'm pretty sure they do that so that if an asshole litters, the animals won't choke on it and I think that's pretty great

I think it’s also because they have less environmental impact and are probably compostable, but helping keep animals safe is a great side effect!