Before jumping into the main part, people should remember and recall that the natural method is usually considered the best method, which is why many people opt for natural methods for tasks like cooking or taking care of their skin. Engineer Fabien Esculier is one of those persons; he hasn’t forgotten the unconventional methods that his grandmother taught him about gardening. It actually inspired his career.
Human Urine As A Plant Fertiliser
The last thing you would imagine using for your plant fertilisation would be human urine. It may even seem like a primitive way for people to fertilise their plants, especially when you are surrounded by hundreds of fertiliser brands that offer great benefits. So, what’s the deal with this approach? To put it simply: researchers are researching using human urine so that the world can take a step back from depending on chemicals, which may support the environment by cutting down pollution.
What Do Plants Need?
Everyone knows the basics of farming and/or gardening; plants require water, adequate sunlight, and a bunch of nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. All these elements support the plants’ growth and keep them healthy. On the other hand, when it comes to human urine, it’s also rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, according to Eculier, the man behind the OCAPI research program in France.
What Is The Problem With Regular Fertilisers?
Many people might not be on board with this idea entirely. The concept of using human urine might not be the best to remember when you go to the loo next time but there’s a reason why scientists are heading towards this approach. Fertilisers nowadays include synthetic nitrogen. It's great for boosting yields but becomes dangerous later on when it makes its way into the river and waterways only to block the blooms of algae resulting in the deaths of aquatic life. While on the other hand, the emission from ammonia can mix up with the fumes created by vehicles and lead to air pollution.
What do you think about this? Could this be a way to help the environment and manage waste better?