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 perspectives—evolutionary, ecological, and cultural—this 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.
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...this book offers delightful revelations of the history, evolution, and effects our bowel movements have on our world.Read Full Review of The Origin of Feces: What Exc... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
Impressively, Dr. Waltner-Toews examines his topic through many lenses: as a veterinarian, as an anthropologist, an epidemiologist, in yet others as an ecologist—and he does it all with a smooth writing style and much...humor.Read Full Review of The Origin of Feces: What Exc... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
True, Waltner-Toews, a veterinarian and epidemiologist, has written a science-based treatise on the subject and therefore produced something that will expand our knowledge. We are not always grateful to science for expanded knowledge, however. The heroine of a Chesterton novel complains that science has too great a tendency to make things ugly.Read Full Review of The Origin of Feces: What Exc... | See more reviews from National Post arts
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