Closed Loop Agriculture for Environmental Enhancement: Returning Biomass and Nutrients from Humanure and Urine to Agriculture

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sat, 02/01/2020 - 11:52

This is an in-depth analysis by the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (Feasta) on the desirability of separating wastewater nutrients at the source -- that is, at the toilet -- rather than mixing them together with greywater and processing them into sludge. The report was prepared in 2015 for the Irish Environmental Network, and as such some of its analysis is specific to Ireland, but most of the conclusions are applicable to the US and elsewhere.

Gardens and health: Implications for policy and practice

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Tue, 01/28/2020 - 16:27

This excellent and detailed report (PDF, 2.5 MB) by David Buck of the King's Fund, under commission of the National (UK) Gardens Scheme, looks at the impact of gardens and gardening on health and well being and explores what the National (again, UK) Health Service and the wider health and social care system can do to maximise this impact.

Natural swimming pools

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sat, 05/11/2019 - 09:35

In researching design options for clients over the years, I've looked into what's involved in building natural swimming pools -- that is, ponds that stay safe enough for swimming without the use of chemical inputs. Here are some of the best links I've found on the subject:

Organic Pools DIY Manual by David Pagan Butler (PDF, 1.2 MB, 2013)