Placing a jar of feces on a pedestal next to him, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates made a plea Tuesday for the safe disposal of human waste as he kicked off a “Reinvented Toilet” Expo in China.
“You might guess what’s in this beaker — and you’d be right. Human feces,” the former CEO of software giant Microsoft said. Gates went on to explain how dangerous the poo was: 200 trillion rotavirus cells, 20 billion bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs.”
The Expo, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, is meant to introduce technology that would provide safer sanitation to the 4.5 billion people worldwide who lack modern bathroom facilities.