Saudis might take particular heed to this dire information as, according to Dr. Mona Mustafa in an article in the Saudi Gazette of May 10, 2009, one in five children in Saudi Arabia is born a hermaphrodite. Even if the gross rate of this abnormality is related, as is generally believed, to tribal-based intersex marriage, it can’t help that petroleum-derivative products could be increasing or exacerbating it. Phthalates are also related to diabetes, which can lead to kidney disease. Currently, Saudi Arabia ranks sixth in the world for rates of death by kidney disease.
Anyone who has ever observed the reaction of a dog or cat five minutes after its having eaten grass can understand that phytogenics (plant-based compounds) generate healthy gut flora, protect animals from pathogens – pathogens that they typically expel by vomiting on your living room carpet. The use of phytogenics – plant-based compounds – in animal feed similarly, then, eliminates the need for expensive anti-fungals, de-worming agents, parasiticides, and anti-biotics in livestock. This point is particularly poignant when we recognize the fact that the USDA and the EU Livestock Feeding For Health In A New Era have now nearly banned all use of non-essential and especially growth-promoting anti-biotics on farm animals.
This scenario serves to remind us how little our characters change as we grow up. As adults, making life-and-death decisions about our health, we come to accept promises in the forms of scientific-sounding brand names pasted on containers stuffed inside of boxes that contain tissue paper inserts of information about the contents of these items written in size-6 fonts.
For the past sixty years and last twenty in particular, scientists have studied and manipulated E. coli until they managed to alter its DNA and make it suitable to use as processing aids in foods and medicines. An $8.2-billion global enzyme industry emerged, and like the E.coli that proliferated, it too grew, supplying the food and beverage sector, and providing enzymes for cleaning products, animal feed, health therapies, and fuel.