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.
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.