NOV 21, 2018 5:20 PM PST

Human Urine as Fertilizer?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Although at first it may sound unappealing, human urine could be a key asset in sustainable agriculture research particularly for its unique contribution. Urine contains the same nutrients found in fertilizers, such as nitrogen and phosphorus—the nutrients are crucial in producing energy. Thus, instead of being flushed down the toilet—urine could be utilized for a unique contribution. With support from the National Science Foundation, investigators from a multidisciplinary research team at the University of Michigan will examine the unique properties of urine as an agricultural fertilizer. Additionally, the research could provide better insight in decreasing water pollution by eliminating waste. Watch the video above to learn more!

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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