Just when our Kickstarter fatigue has reached terminal limits, this crazy pitch shows up in our mailbox to make our day. Two words: Humanure Cheesecake.
(Err…two words you really don’t want to see together, ever, now that I think about it. Sorry.)
As teachers, we spend a lot of our time trying to convince people to mulch and compost. Return it all to the earth, people!
We’re particularly fond of throwing down the humanure* gauntlet, partially because it really is a very important subject, and partially for the shock factor and the giggles. Some audiences are primed for this challenge. For others, it’s the first time they’ve ever heard of the concept, and by the look on some faces, I imagine them thinking:
- “Nope. Not even if civilization is burning down around my ears.”
- “Note to self: Never visit these people at home.”
- “They want me to keep poop around the house. Poop. Around my house.”
- “Hmm, I’m sensing some sort of potty-training trauma here. Definitely an unhealthy anal obsession.”
- “Funny, they don’t look like hippies.”
It’s an hard nut to crack, the poop nut. This environmental non-profit called The Fertile Earth Foundation is going about in a bold way, by trying to make manure sexy and fun. To be fair, the calendar isn’t all about humanure. (Then it would have to be called Jenkins Girls Gone Wild or something.) It’s about composting of all sorts, but humanure certainly gets much more play in it than it does in your average cheesecake calendar.
Take a look. They’re doing a Kickstarter to raise printing funds. What do you think? Think it will turn people on to the wonders of decomposition? What do you think it will take to make even basic composting a more commonplace activity? Do you humanure? If not, what keeps you from doing so?
*If humanure is new to you, check out the Humanure Headquarters for everything you could possibly want to know.