A normal, every day trip to the toilet could potentially save the planet, as experts find there are precious metals such as gold in our poo. If someone can find an efficient method of extracting the metals, the feces of human beings could actually be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
People have joked ironically in the past about how this person or that seems to “s*** gold,” referring to how they tend to easily accumulate wealth. Turns out this could be somewhat true. And if we can extract all that wealth it could potentially save our ailing planet.
Kathleen Smith of the US Geological Survey in Virginia was among the experts who made the fascinating discovery of metals such as silver, platinum and gold in our poo, which ends up in treated sewage waste.
“The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit.”
In fact, according to a recent study by other experts in this field, there is potentially around $13 million worth of these precious metals in the poo of just one million Americans, which is not bad at all.
So apparently there is gold in your poo… http://t.co/j16SqJUDw5
— Fiona Rogers (@Pelvicfloorexer) March 24, 2015
If only an efficient way can be found of extracting those metals including gold in our poo, this could potentially cut down on the need for mining. By doing so, it would also reduce the unwanted release of metals into the environment, affecting ground water and other aspects of the Eco-system.
Smith continued by saying that this could be a definite win-win situation and went on to explain how the metals are accumulating in our bodies
“If you can get rid of some of the nuisance metals that currently limit how much of these bio-solids we can use on fields and forests, and at the same time recover valuable metals and other elements, that’s a win-win.”
“There are metals everywhere – in your hair care products, detergents, even nano-particles that are put in socks to prevent bad odors.”
Smith said that her team of experts are now going full steam ahead to establish exactly what is contained in our body waste. Apparently over seven million tons of bio-solids are extracted from US waste water facilities every year. Around 50 percent of this goes to the fields as fertilizer while the other 50 percent is sent to landfills or incinerated. It turns out this is one huge waste of the waste product, so to speak.
The team are now taking a “two-pronged approach,” by planning to remove some of the regulated metals from the biosolids, which then limits their use for land application and selling the valuable products extracted.
“In the other part of the project, we’re interested in collecting valuable metals that could be sold, including some of the more technologically important metals, such as vanadium and copper that are in cellphones, computers and alloys.”
So it turns out that by going to the toilet, we are actually wasting valuable commodities, including that gold in our poo. Wouldn’t it be great if we could find a way to extract it ourselves and make a profit?
In the meantime, the findings of the experts have been presented at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), which is currently running in Denver up until Thursday this week.
According to the Guardian, the Japanese already knew about this and they have a sewage treatment facility in Tokyo which is actively extracting gold from the sewage sludge. They have apparently reported a yield which rivals what is found in ore at some of the leading gold mines.
— Menchu Macapagal (@menchumacapagal) March 24, 2015
On the subject of gold, it turns out that some people with money to burn have already found a way to purposely add gold in our poo.
According to an article dating back a couple years on Incredible Things, there is a Gold Pill available on the market. Costing around $425, this pill full of 24-carat gold leaf will literally make your poop sparkle. Of course, this could throw off Smith’s teams findings somewhat if too many people took the capsules.
On that rather smelly subject, the Inquisitr reported recently on a problem in Michigan, where streams of manure are causing problems due to a rapid warm up.
[Image: Solid gold poo for luck on sale in Tokyo CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Nemo’s great uncle]