I have long been bemused by our fecal phobia and seeing this gives me hope, that we in the civilised and industrialised West, might get with the programme and do as many others in the world do, and find creative (yes and safe and sanitary) ways to close the nutrient cycle and stop polutting our waters with nutrients that don't belong there.
"A biodegradable and self-sterilizing bag for people of the toilet-disenfranchised world (40% of humankind) to dispose of their bodily waste and turn it into safe fertilizer has been created by a Swedish entrepreneur. It's a dead simple and brilliant solution to a vexing problem. From the article: 'Once used, the bag can be knotted and buried, and a layer of urea crystals breaks down the waste into fertilizer, killing off disease-producing pathogens found in feces. The bag, called the Peepoo, is the brainchild of Anders Wilhelmson, an architect and professor in Stockholm. “Not only is it sanitary,” said Mr. Wilhelmson, who has patented the bag, “they can reuse this to grow crops.”'"http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/science/02bag.html