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View Poll Results: Would you eat vegetables grown with human urine?
Yes 21 35.00%
No 31 51.67%
Maybe. I'd have to read more about it. 8 13.33%
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Old 08-15-2015, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Sugarland
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Originally Posted by Merry Lee Gather View Post
I met a guy who said he grows his own vegetables with his urine. I had to ask him if that means he waters his garden by peeing on the plants. He said yes and that it's actually very good for it and it conserves water.

Needless to say the women around us had the "eww factor" and declared they'd never eat vegetables that were peed on. At first I thought he was full of it but then I thought we do fertilize plants with manure so maybe he was on the level.

Later I googled it and came up with these links on it. I guess it's a real thing but now I'm curious. Would you eat vegetables someone grew with urine?

HOW TO USE PEE IN YOUR GARDEN

Fertilizing with human urine
Sounds gross to me.
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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It isn't the urine/salts so much that bothers me, it is the anti-biotics, hormones, etc in the urine. I'd need to know a great deal of how each and every vegetable uptakes those elements during growth.
So, if antibiotics and hormones bother you, where do you get your drinking water from and bathing for that matter? We distill our our drinking water. Drugs in Our Drinking Water?

It was feces that contaminated the lettuce and other vegetables, e-coli. And, you don't pour urine or a diluted mixture onto the vegetables and when you use manure, you use that before the fruits or vegetables appear on the plant.

As someone mentioned, if urine is gross and poo for that matter, stay away from organic and eat the stuff fertilized with chemicals. Chemicals? Urine? I'll risk the urine.
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Oceania
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European; urination.
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:44 PM
 
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That is a bodily fluid and not every human being is healthy.
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:57 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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It depends how long ago the urine was applied to the plant and how much time has passed in order for the said application to break down so that the urine has essentially disappeared.

I'd certainly not want a salad of freshly-peed-on greens, for example
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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What do you people think is in fertilizer? What do you think "real" farmers use? Anhydrous ammonia...one way to get it is through urea...which is a main ingredient of...you guessed it - urine!

What Is Urea Fertilizer? | Home Guides | SF Gate

The stuff about contamination doesn't much apply - when you read about farm workers, contamination comes from shall we say, "solid waste" - which is also good fertilizer...but anyway, urine usually doesn't have the same issues. So everyone get off their high horse...it's just fertilizer...like when dogs go in your yard and you get really tall grass, until it is too concentrated and it kills the grass off....
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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That is a bodily fluid and not every human being is healthy.
Unless a person has a bladder or kidney infection, urine is sterile as it comes from the body.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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No.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:10 PM
 
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Unless a person has a bladder or kidney infection, urine is sterile as it comes from the body.
Urine from healthy people on organic diets is relatively clean, although most Americans today are on chronic meds and many have regular UTIs.

Clean urine does save several gallons per saved flush though and adds nitrogen to the soil, after breaking down. But you do have to let it break down first and also not let too much salt accumulate over time. And again, this is basically best done by health nuts with clean diets - not your average American with chronic health conditions eating the SAD.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Guess what those 1000's of migrants do in the fields everyday...guess where your most of your food comes from.
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