-MAD CAMEL'S DISEASE, THE SMOKER'S CURSE?
- HOW DO YOU MILK THOSE THINGS?
Mauritania is now constructing its first milk facility.
The processor is expected to bottle approximately
200,000 liters of milk per day. There are few cows in
Mauritania. Their milk of choice is camel's milk.
Mauritania is a Northwest African desert nation of
over 2 million Sunni Muslims, nearly a million of
whom are nomads. Slavery was abolished in 1980,
but it is estimated that ten percent of the population
still live in servitude. There is only one physician per
11,000 citizens (US= 1 per 365), and the life
expectancy for males is just 47 years.
Mauritania's new state-of-the art milk processor
will ultra-pasteruize camel's milk by heating it for very high
temperatures. That way, it can be packaged and
stored for up to six months.
They'll also be manufacturing camel butter and cheese.
Perhaps Mauritania will even produce a brand
of camel ice cream. I can see it now. Ben-Sayed
& Jamal's: Lumpy Humpy.
Will Monsanto develop a new market for
a genetically engineered version of Dromedary
Udder Somato-Tropin? (DUST)
Camels birth one calf, usually between 13-14 months
after conception. The female becomes sexually mature
at the age of five years. Baby males are sold for meat.
The camel is Africa's traditional beast of burden, and
will now be placed under an even greater burden:
to produce baby camel's food so that it can be used
for human consumption.