Oh how I love British wit: We need more brave men like him to speak out...
Go green with urine, says leading Tory
Sunday April 30, 2006
The Conservative Party chairman is urging the nation to pee on its compost heaps to help the environment.
Francis Maude, who admitted he and his family were slightly 'psycho' about recycling, delivered the unorthodox gardening advice after being asked what his personal contribution was to the green cause on Radio 4's Any Questions?
Maude also said that he planned to buy a greener car when the time came to replace the family vehicle. He said: 'If I share a tip with the audience it is that if you pee on your compost, it has a double environmental whammy - it speeds up its decomposition so you can get it on the garden more quickly, and it also saves water.'
Bob Flowerdew, of the Gardeners' Question Time panel, argues that urine contains potash and nitrogen which is a rich fertiliser. The urea in urine is said to speed chemical reactions involved in breaking down organic material.
And in my own area:
On an average day in the GVRD, approximately
580 litres of water is used by each person at home and at work (including all residential, industrial, commercial, institutional, and agricultural sectors). Average daily water consumption for the GVRD is about one billion litres.
The one-day record for water use was two billion litres - enough to fill BC Place Stadium.