The Origin of Feces by David Waltner-Toews
What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society

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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.
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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.

 

About David Waltner-Toews

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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.
 
Published May 1, 2013 by ECW Press. 225 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 06 2013

...this book offers delightful revelations of the history, evolution, and effects our bowel movements have on our world.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Maria Stadtmueller on May 02 2013

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.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on May 24 2013

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.

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