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The Origin of Feces

What Excrement Tells Us about Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society

By David Waltner-Toews

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Format: Paperback, 206 pages
Published In: Canada, 01 May 2013
The Origin of Feces takes an important subject out of locker-rooms, potty-training manuals and bio-solids management boardrooms, bringing it into the fresh air of everyone's lives. With insight and wit, David Waltner-Toews explores what has been too often ignored as he makes a compelling argument for a deeper understanding of waste. Waltner-Toews shows how integral excrement is to biodiversity, agriculture, public health, food production, food distribution and ecosystems. It serves as a reminder that unless we change how we think about shit, we are doomed to live in it.

About the Author

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.


"David Waltner-Toews picks up the thread with his impassioned treatise on the long, strange, even transcendent afterlife of poop in The Origin of Feces, a book whose cover is guaranteed to make you few friends at the coffee shop." --Peter Brannan, "" "More than just a "bathroom read," this book offers delightful revelations of the history, evolution, and effects our bowel movements have on our world." --"Publisher's Weekly" "whether it's a gag gift, a toilet-side alternative to Sudoku or just some light, easily digestible po(o)p-sci fare, "The Origin of Feces" is sure to be a fun and pungent read." --"Bookish" "an informative book." --Tom Kenned, "Science Spin" "informative and entertaining." --Alex Good, "Quill and Quire" "Until you read this, you really won't know sh*t." --"Publisher's Weekly" "This is a rare book in that it offers something for everyone on your Christmas book list: the epidemiologist, the economist, the microbiologist, the anthropologist, sociologist and historian. The classicist will appreciate the numerous knowledgeable references to Roman, Greek and Babylonian culture and mythology, the literary scholar the etymologies and derivations, as well as the quotations from Blake." --Tim Sly, "Literary Review of Canada" "[A]stonishingly readable and interesting." --"Svenska Dagbladet"

EAN: 9781770411166
ISBN: 177041116X
Publisher: ECW Press
Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.3 x 1.4 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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