Precious metals in human poo are ‘worth MILLIONS’

Where there is muck there really is brass with scientists claiming that millions can be made by extracting gold from human waste.

In fact as well as gold, faeces contains platinum, silver and other metals along with rare elements such as palladium and vanadium.

Researchers now hope to ‘mine’ sewage reducing the need to mine raw metals from the ground, while reducing pollution by recycling human waste.

h/t zd

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  • eMan14

    As long as one doesn’t have to pan the poo. I’m okay with it.

  • Frau Katze

    News you can use?

  • Just a thought

    If I’ve done the calculation correctly (it’s late and I’m tired, so I may be off a bit, but I don’t think so), there is about 2400 times as much gold in seawater.

  • I knew all those nuggets were valuable.

  • luna

    According to this article, on a per capita basis, British poo is 300 times more valuable than American poo.

    • Go Team.

    • Exile1981

      Your reading it wrong; they give the value for the US on a per million people but for the UK they give it as a nation.

      • luna

        Thanks, for pointing out my mistake.

  • Brett_McS

    There’s gold in them piles!

  • Barrington Minge

    I’ve of to the bog to fund my lifestyle!! Aston Martin here I come

  • Actually, mining for gold in poo is already practiced in India. I saw a documentary. Someone jumps into a hole full of it, and digs out the poo. Then they carry it to a place where they extract the gold. This way, a team of 4-5 people makes about $20 a day on good days.

  • pop

    A poo rush!?

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Gold. Dug from one hole in the ground, only to be put in another, Ft.Knox…what’s it really good for? Nothing. Now, take Silver, that’s different…

  • Clink9

    When poo becomes valuable the poor will be born without assholes. ( Maclean and Maclean)

  • ntt1

    We tried using it (nutripor ) a few years back as a soil amendment for a ball field it was really high in copper and considered unsafe for commercial farming, interestingly it was, and still, is sold as potting soil

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Sounds like a load of shit to me.

  • simus1

    Sounds like a variant of another past pie in the sky idea that was going to use gmo weeds to extract and concentrate valuable metals from sewage sludge and contaminated brownfield sites. As usual, mother nature had other ideas and except for some rare situations, eventually it was usually the grants and venture capital that dried up and blew away.

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