The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

❮Download❯ ➹ The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters ➾ Author Rose George – One smart book delving deep into the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name NewsweekAcclaimed as extraordinary The New York Times and a classic Los Angeles Times The Big One smart book delving deep into Necessity: The eBook ☆ the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name NewsweekAcclaimed as extraordinary The New York Times and a classic Los Angeles Times The Big Necessity is on its way to removing the taboo on bodily waste something common to all and as natural as breathing We prefer not to talk about it but we should even those of us who The Big eBook ´ take care of our business in pristine sanitary conditions Disease spread by waste kills people worldwide every year than any other single cause of death Even in America nearly two million people have no access to an indoor toilet Yet the subject remains unmentionableMoving from the underground sewers of Paris London and New York an infrastructure disaster waiting to happen to an Indian slum where ten toilets are shared by people Big Necessity: The PDF Î The Big Necessity breaks the silence revealing everything that matters about how people do and don't deal with their own waste With razor sharp wit and crusading urgency mixing levity with gravity Rose George has turned the subject we like to avoid into a cause with the most serious of conseuences.The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters


The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
  • Rose George
  • English
  • 18 February 2016
  • 9780805090833

10 thoughts on “The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

  1. says:

    Or as we call it “The Poo Book” If you are expecting a Mary Roach approach forget it While there are than a couple of yucks in George’s book they provide spice and not substance This is a sober examination of a crucial public health matter George offers plenty of supportive stats without letting them get in the way of telling her story How do societies in diverse cultures cope with human waste? George looks at methodologies and social standards in the USA Japan India China and beyond It is clear that there is no single best solutionRose George from her TED talkBe prepared to learn a lot about how people eliminate It is very educational and thought provoking a must read for people with an interest in public health city planning international aid water use agricultural and energy issues The Big Necessity is very good public health book that should not go to wasteEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal and Twitter pagesDefinitely check out George's TED talkAugust 21017 National Geographic Magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg Talking Toilets With Matt Damon He is involved in trying to reduce open defecation across the planetAugust 21017 National Geographic Magazine Nearly a Billion People Still Defecate Outdoors Here’s Why by Elizabeth RoyteOk I was not shameless enough to end the review with this but I am indeed shameless enough to tuck this into a dark corner of a re post ten years later The Big Necessity might not be the number one book of 2008 but maybe number two?Ok there I've done it and I am not ashamed Embarrassed maybe?

  2. says:

    Rating 475 of fiveThis review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses AloudIt really and truly IS The Porcelain God Worship it because it's the reason you're not dead yet

  3. says:

    If you glance over my previously listed books you'll have noted that I'm on a end of civilization as we know it reading jag and this book fits right into the series In fact in many ways it's the best of the lot Excreting is something we all do and almost none of us like to think about it let alone talk about it let alone read a whole book on the subject But because of this our ignorance is immense Who would have guessed for example that the world divides between those who clean themselves after defecating using something dry leaves corn cobs toilet paper or with water or other liuid substance like a disinfectant and that the logic lies with the half we you and me pal don't belong to This alone was enough to unsettle me whereas a whole book on where our trash goes utterly failed in making me a recycle nutBut enough about me Disposing of human waste is a huge problem in the world and only getting worse If you think out of sight is out of mind consider the arrangement for this in Dar es Salaam called flying toilets you defecate into a plastic bag and toss it onto a neighbor's roof He doesn't complain because when you're not looking he tosses his on your roof Generally speaking this is a metaphor for how we all deal with the problem The situation in third world countries is desperate to be sure but we have a long way to go ourselves And this book isn't just eye opening it's jaw dropping as well And if you want an interesting thought experiment to perform ask yourself what might replace toilet paper the average American uses 57 sheets a day in our own lives

  4. says:

    Yes I am a science geek This is terrific read When I was a kid I would read historical books like Little House on the Prairie and I would be thinking hmm where did they go to the bathroom? What did they use for toilet paper? Dad said they used leaves and I said no way How could that work?I guess I was destined to become interested in microbiology and tolerant and compassionate enough to work with people's poo samples and try to figure out what was making them illI will never drive by a sewage treatment plant and think that stinks again The alternative Ewwww

  5. says:

    To be uninterested in the public toilet is to be uninterested in life OK folks 2009 is over and the results are in There were plenty of honorable mentions in the nonfiction category for the year Henry Alford's How to Live Alain de Boton's The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work and the Brafman brothers' excellent Sway While these three books were particularly engaging and well executed they are nonetheless eclipsed by the sheer unadulterated genius of Rose George's inspired exploration of well shit This book is completely awesome Rose George is an ideal guide to what Newsweek refers to as the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name She's a trouper having decided to take the project on she's not one for half measures Whether she's touring the sewers of London getting to the bottom of the success of intelligent toilets in Japan interviewing toilet crusaders in South Africa and India contemplating the devastation wrought by inadeuate sanitation across the world learning about China's biogas boom or the controversy that swirls around the use of retreated sewage biosolids as fertiliser she is a gung ho and engaging reporter with an instinct for asking useful uestions The material covered in the book is far ranging fascinating and fun presented with with just the right balance of wit curiosity and seriousness My favorite chapter was the one about public toilets However the discussion of Japan's progression from a nation of pit latrines to high end robot toilets with brains high end is pretty kickass as well Fascinating nuggets of information abound for instance the fact that soybean paste miso is a lethal weapon in the battle for toilet market domination as it is a vital ingredient in making realistic fake body waste essential for uality control testing Then there's the plasticity of disgust the term used to describe the phenomenon that mothers find the smell of their own baby's diapers less disgusting than that of unrelated baby's diapersFecal transfusions are becoming an increasingly common procedure in modern medicine One should beware of the 5Fs different pathways for fecal oral contamination 5F diagram This book is terrific Particularly suitable for bathroom reading

  6. says:

    My cousin A who is a kind and generous person a sterling example of the apple falling far far away from the family tree once complimented me on my willingness to address problems Well I said what gets done when we ignore things? This book makes me feel like I've spent my life willfully blind HOW IS IT THAT I'VE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT POO?Sad faced celebrities talk about helping people obtain access to water and helping girls get menstrual supplies so they can go to school what they mean sayeth George is that the girls' school toilets are filled with shit There is shit on the floor and shit in the sinks; plastic bags are available for wiping and the bags are left in a pile This isn't about lazy people who can't be bothered to flush it's a structural problem almost no one has a flush toilet Hundreds of thousands of people use latrines The unlucky people use a bucket The really unfortunate don't have that muchPeople don't like talking about shit It's gross and it smells bad and it's embarrassing So until very recently there existed no global organization to deal hands on as it were with our global problem which makes things worse Human shit brings disease cholera dysentery typhus worms of all sorts I mean you know about Typhoid Mary; she inadvertently killed any number of people because she had crappy sorry toilet access And then she was locked up for the rest of her life a convenient scapegoat for a problem she hadn't really caused and couldn't fixCleaning up human shit is human work Specifically it is women's work Even in our first world countries yes Who changes the most diapers? Who cleans the most bedpans? My cold jaded heart feels a sneaking suspicion that the sexism in the division of labor so than the act of the labor itself is the real reason why shit is shameful hidden unspeakable and ignored in favor of important topics But what is important than the basics she asks rhetorically? And how much basic than shit can you get?We're embarrassed to talk about it Maybe we should be embarrassed to ignore it

  7. says:

    With passion humor and integrity Rose George makes a rock solid case for sanitation as the world's most critical development issue Without easy access to safe and effective sanitation communities cannot provide clean drinking water or food free from contamination or lower the risk of life threatening diseases Without access to sanitation women are chained to the Sisyphian drudgery of seeking out and carrying water girls are too shamed to attend school once they begin menstruating villages and cities alike cannot escape a cycle of disease poverty No laughing matter this but George presents all aspects historical technological cultural environmental scientific and utter vileness with unflinching good humor The world is full of shit and its bravest citizens risk health and sanity to lift the lowest out of the mire Literally Unforgettable irresistible and so important

  8. says:

    Sewage Hot right? But as the title implies it needs to become a hot topic because the way we deal with sewage impacts all of us and will continue to do so as the population grows“Toilet culture” as the author says is disintegrating and we’re all just oblivious For example 47% of public restrooms in London have closed in the past decade But where is the public outcry as we lose our stalls? Where are the academic articles analyzing and decrying this travesty? It’s just not sexy enough We need to make it sexy We need to pay attention Save the toiletsThe author gives us some pretty wild facts here Like the fact that 26 billion people don’t have sanitation And by the way that doesn’t mean “26 billion people don’t have a toilet in their homes and have to use a public toilet” or “26 billion people have to use an outhouse or a rickety shack with a hole in the ground to grouch over that empties into a filthy drain or pigsty” That doesn’t even mean “26 billion people have a bucket that they must empty daily” That means 26 billion people have no choice but to take a shit in the woods in alleyways next to train tracks in a bush in a village That’s roughly 4 in 10 people on the planet by the way Approaching halfHere’s another grim statistic children have died from diarrhea in the last 10 years alone than people have died in armed conflict since WWII That period involves dozens of bloody civil wars the Vietnam War the Korean War the Gulf War the Afghanistan and Ira conflicts on and on and on Two waste related diseases alone cholera and dysentary kill as many children as two jumbo jets full of kids crashing every four hours A rather positive fact every dollar invested in sanitation brings an average of 7 return in health costs averted and worker productivity gained So there’s a lot to be lost in continuing to ignore sanitation but a lot to be gained in paying attention and investing in itIt’s not just 3rd world countries that have bad sanitation by the way Underneath their polished exteriors practically every country has well shitty underbellies Galway Ireland had a many years battle with cryptosporidium a result of their untreated sewage water being released into drinking water supplies Milan Italy up until 2005 just emptied its raw untreated sewage into its river Ditto Brussels until 2003 Ditto Milwaukee whose system is literally designed to dump raw sewage into Lake Michigan whenever there’s too much storm water between 1994 and 2008 when this book was written Milwaukee had dumped 935000000 gallons of “full strength untreated sewage” into the lake New York and the Hudson? 500000000 gallons of diluted but untreated sewage when it overflows about every week Yum Meanwhile those of us with adeuate sanitation take it for granted Into our sewers go dead goldfish pieces of motorcycles and baby strollers pushed through manholes coins jewelry cellphones 850000 per year in the UK condoms sanitary products diapers bandages syringes underwear cotton swabs liuid concrete that later hardens and blocks sewers even according to one London “flusher” person who works in sewers a live hand grenade Sewage workers have their own culture that you’ve never heard of They have their own vernacular which varies dramatically by country—in London a “turtle” is a device that detects harmful gases; in NYC “turtle” is slang for turds In America they even have nation wide “Sludge Olympics” which involve rescuing manneuins from fast moving sewers fixing machinery and playing Wastewater Jeopardy God bless AmericaOne thing I need to give mad respect to Rose George In India she interviewed manual scavengers people in India who by virtue of their caste are forced to remove others’ shit with their bare hands Anyway they’re chatting and her hosts hand her a glass of opaue yellow water AND SHE DRANK IT because she didn’t want them to think it was because the person handing it to her was considered “untouchable” when in fact it’s because the water was YELLOW and probably had cholera or tapeworms in it That is true social grace and kindness She also ate a watermelon from rural China fertilized by the farming family’s own shit The woman is truly dauntless Anyway read this book let’s wake up and start a toilet revolution

  9. says:

    A very interesting book26 billion people don't have sanitation I don't mean that they have no toilet in their house and must use a public one with ueues and fees Or that they have an outhouse or a rickety shack that empties into a filthy drain or pigsty All that counts as sanitation though not a safe variety The people who have those are the fortunate ones Four in ten people have no access to any latrine toilet bucket or box Nothing Instead they defecate by train tracks and in forests They do it in plastic bags and fling them through the air in narrow slum alleyways If they are women they get up at 4 am to be able to do their business under cover of darkness for reasons of modesty risking rape and snakebites Four in ten people live in situations where they are surrounded by human excrement because it is left in the bushes outside the village or in their city yards left by children outside the back door It is tramped back in on their feet carried on fingers onto clothes food and drinking waterBy contrastJapan makes the most advanced remarkable toilets in the world Japanese toilets can variously check your blood pressure play music wash and dry your anus and 'front parts' by means of an in toilet nozzle that sprays water and warm air suck smelly ions from the air switch on a light for you as you stumble into the bathroom at night put the seat lid down for you a function known as the 'marriage saver' and flush away your excreta without reuiring anything as old fashioned as a tankThe book bounces back and forth rather erratically between the unspeakable lack of sanitation found in the third world to the problems faced by first world countries The author visits villages in India where activists are trying to convince people to change unhealthy behavior that has been going on for generations She tours villages in China where biogas digesters which turn human excrement into fuel have been installed She suits up and wades through the aging sewers of London and New York She interviews experts trying to figure out what to do with the 7 million dry tons of biosolids produced by American sewage treatment plants every year dump it in the ocean? In a landfill? Use it for potentially toxic fertilizer?There's lots of other interesting stuff This is a good read

  10. says:

    I just thought of a weird fact about myself When I was little instead of using the word ‘poop’ we called it ‘rocks’ as in “Mommy I need to make rocks” When I grew up I studied what in college? Geology I think this book should have been called “The History of Toilets and Sewers Around the World” or “Poop How To Get Rid of a Whole Lot of It’ It really wasn’t so much about human waste itself but how it makes people sick and what the world does with it FYI India creates 200000 TONS of human waste per day Ok some parts of this book was interesting some parts were just informative But you should read it I had no idea that so many people in the world did not have toilets or any kind of sewers I guess it makes sense but it had just never occurred to me I am very grateful for my throne Actually I have two of them in my house I’m thankful for both Neither is stinky and I don’t have to share them with people who will trash it And I don’t have to pay a good chunk of my day’s wages in order to use it When we were in China we went to the village where Tom Cruise runs across the roof tops in Mission Impossible 3 Remember that? I didn’t I had to re watch the movie Anyways it is a little village along a river While there I really had to pee On a scale of 1 to 10 I was at a 40 So we finally found something that was a bathroom I had been trying not to go because I knew where we were only had suat toilets I have a great fear of accidentally peeing down my leg I paid my 30 cents and went in That was the best 30 cents I ever spent A little while later we went on a boat ride down the river We noticed the river was pretty murky Then we saw the pipes coming straight out of the building and pouring right into the river The water from those pipes came out in spurts often yellowish There were also women at the river’s edge washing dishes and laundry What disturbs me the most is that we ate at a restaurant there right along the river

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