Microsoft founder Bill Gates has presented a container of feces to visitors to a trade show in China. No, not the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Gates is at the “Reinvented Toilet” Expo in Beijing to discuss developing a safe process to remove human wastes.
“You might guess what’s in this beaker — and you’d be right. Human feces,” the Microsoft founder told the gathering.
He said, “This small amount of feces could contain as many as 200 trillion rotavirus cells, 20 billion Shigella bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs.”
Gates noted that these microbes cause diseases that kill almost 500,000 children under the age of 5 every year.
More than 20 companies and research organizations are showing new toilet technologies at the three-day expo. These include self-contained toilets, a small self-powered waste treatment system called the Omni Processor and other inventions.
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