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The Big Necessity

Rose George

The Big Necessity

by Rose George

The Big Necessity

Rose George

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The Big Necessity teaches you about feces by explaining how sanitation works, the damage it causes when it's not done properly, and what we can do to improve it around the world.

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The Big Necessity

by Rose George

The Big Necessity

Rose George

Overview

We all do it, just about every day. But for some reason, nobody wants to talk about it.

The Big Necessity tackles the topic of pooping. And unless you are the parent of a potty-training toddler, you probably don't even think about it that much.

But there's no need to avoid the subject. In fact, because we like to avoid thinking about it, we ignore the problems that come with all seven billion of us sharing this world and doing our business on a daily basis.

Substandard sanitation is a huge issue in the world today. And it's one of the leading causes of disease and death worldwide. It might feel like a problem only affecting the poorest parts of the world, but 2.6 billion people worldwide don't even have access to a toilet.

In The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters, author Rose George takes us into the world of sanitation. She explains how a lack of it can lead to huge issues and explores what can be done about it.

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"The disease toll of this is stunning. A gram of feces can contain 10 million viruses, 1 million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts, and 100 worm eggs."

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