For the first time, human urine is being used in France to make a crop fertiliser. The French National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Occupational Health has just authorised Toopi Organics to market this organic fertiliser in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Belgium. The fertiliser is made from human urine collected and then processed in a recycling plant.
The product is the result of the company’s research that has led to the patenting of a unique fermentation process that, the firm says, “improves the efficiency of phosphorus assimilation in the soil”. It is also a root simulator for plants and thus helps seedlings to get off the ground. It also ensures access to water and nutrients for the plant, while preserving soil quality.