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Publishers Weekly reviews Holy Shit!

Posted Sep 21 2010 6:00am

Gene Logsdon’s taboo-shattering examination of manure, Holy Shit , recently garnered this great web-exclusive review from book industry heavy-hitter Publishers Weekly:

“Common sense and just the right amount of folksy humor make this treatise on feces a pleasure to read whether or not you’ve ever knowingly come within 50 miles of a compost heap. Logsdon writes for a wide scope: how to recognize a manure spreader for those who don’t know; the finer points of old-fashioned pitchfork tines, for readers who actually use them. In addition to lots of clear DIY instructions for utilizing waste, Logsdon, a blogging farmer in Ohio, draws from his boyhood experience during the days of the privy, his Amish neighbors, and his understanding of how ancient China saw agricultural productivity rates the likes of which we’ve never had in the U.S. Ultimately, the real coup here is that this book overcomes the yuck factor and illustrates how, as with many things American, we’ve taken a natural, healthy, efficient system and replaced it with something expensive, toxic, and marketable – in this case, chemical fertilizers. As food locavores gain visibility and popularity, so too should the rear end of sustainable farming practices. (Sept.)”

The above review was published exclusively for the web by Publishers Weekly .

Gene Logsdon is the author of, most recently, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind .

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