Many of us consider the cockroach as the most disgusting insect. For Chinese entrepreneurs, however, they mean big bucks. As it appears, the country has several cockroach breeding farms and business is booming, according to reports.
In a South China Morning Post article, we learn that one such farm is located in Xichan, Sichuan where 6 billion adult cockroaches are bred every year for the purpose of medicinal use, a “healing potion” consumed by millions of Chinese patients, the government said. So far, the project has been able to achieve significant “scientific and technological breakthroughs” and have won a national science award.
Operated by the Gooddoctor Pharmaceutical Group, the cockroach farm claims to use AI in the production process. However, the company refuses to provide details, saying its a trade secret.
Dr Zhang Wei, who helped develop the system, shared in an interview:
“There is nothing like it in the world. It has used some unique solutions to address some unique issues.”
As the SCMP feature tells us:
“More than 40 million patients with respiratory, gastric and other diseases were cured after taking the potion on doctors’ prescriptions, according to the official report, which stated that the farm was selling it to more than 4,000 hospitals across the country.”
Han Yijun of Gooddoctor Pharmaceutical Group said:
“Our drug has been used in hospitals for many, many years and established an enormous number of fans. They all know it’s made from cockroaches. It is a disgusting insect, but there are hardly any drugs on the shelves with the same effect.”
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Meanwhile, some experts are warning about the potential disaster that could happen if billions of cockroaches suddenly get released in the environment, either because of human error or natural disaster.
The scenario could be “terrifying”, according to Professor Zhu Chaodong of Beijing’s Chinese Academy of Sciences.
As Zhu pointed out:
“Multiple lines of defence must be in place and work properly to prevent the disaster of accidental release.”
The breeding farm sits near the Qingshan Airport and Xichang has a population of about 800,000.
“Every cockroach is a super-cockroach,” Zhu also added. “Mother Nature has already done its job. There is little room left for us to make improvements.”
Good News! Australia Reduces Plastic Bag Usage By 80% In Just 3 Months
Kudos to Australia for showing the world that this is possible!
For many years now, plastic pollution has been a big, serious problem across the world. It's a sad condition that has been badly affecting humans and marine life alike but fortunately, some are coming up with great solutions.
Australia, for example, just did the great job of decreasing plastic bag usage in the country by as much as 80% - and they did such an amazing feat in just 3 months! It may sound unbelievable but it's true and the world just became a safer place to live because of their efforts.
How were they able to achieve it, you ask? Well according to the National Retail Association, it took a nationwide ban of free lightweight shopping bags by Coles and Woolworths - two of the country's largest supermarket chains. Instead of plastic bags, they promoted the use of reusable bags.
20 Healthy Food Myths We Believed for Years Finally Busted
#18 is a shocker!
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to food. While some are proven to be true, others are just false.
There are so many studies and claims out there regarding what a "balanced" diet should be like. Add all those false information by family, the media, and even some health care practitioners to the mix and we end up being more confused than ever before. Here are 20 healthy food myths that we believed for years.
1. Fashion vs. Frowned upon
Ancient Village Found In Canada Is Older Than The Egyptian Pyramids
“I remember when we got the dates back, and we just sat back and said, ‘Holy moly, this is old.’”
We generally think of ancient ruins as being found mostly in Europe, Africa or South America where some monuments and buildings have been standing for thousands of years. However, a home recently found in Canada has been carbon-dated and the study suggests that it is even older than the pyramids.
Students from the University of Victoria’s archeology department have unearthed the oldest settlement in North America. They were digging on Triquet Island, which is about 300 miles north of Victoria, British Columbia’s capital when they discovered the ruins.
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