John Weiland wrote:@Nancy T: "
It's nice that your YouTube friend followed your plans and was able to alert you to the possible danger of the Yersinia. Just as a note of clarification, the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, is not a virus....and this is a really good thing, since the bacterium can be commonly treated with standard antibiotics. ?[/quote
I have been trying to find this answer on the internet - to no avail. And when you ask "experts", the answer they come up with seems to be filtered through a "poop paranoia" mentality. They are so strongly against humanure that you cannot get the facts out of them.
Let us assume for a moment a rat with Yersinia is living off your poop and is pooping themselves where you deposit your humanure. Will normal activity of adding humanure to the pile and re-covering it expose you to the Yersinia? Does it become airborne when disturbed? And is washing your hands sufficient to keep you from getting the Plague.
All it would take is one person catching the plague that is in the permaculture movement for the government to make our toilet habits against the law.