Cockroach Farms Multiplying in China

Cockroach Farms Multiplying in China

Following a million-strong breakout from a Jiangsu cockroach farm in August, The Los Angeles Times’ Barbara Demick reports that farms producing dried cockroaches for pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies are on the rise in China.

The start-up costs are minimal — Wang bought only eggs, a run-down abandoned chicken coop and the roofing tile. Notoriously hearty, roaches aren’t susceptible to the same diseases as farm . As for feeding them, cockroaches are omnivores, though they favor rotten vegetables. Wang feeds his brood with potato and pumpkin peelings discarded from nearby restaurants.

Killing them is easy too: Just scoop or vacuum them out of their nests and dunk them in a big vat of boiling water. Then they’re dried in the sun like chile peppers.

[…] At least five pharmaceutical are using cockroaches for . Research is underway in China (and South ) on the use of pulverized cockroaches for treating baldness, AIDS and cancer and as a vitamin supplement. South Korea’s Jeonnam Province Agricultural Research Institute and China’s Dali College of Pharmacy have published papers on the anti-carcinogenic properties of the cockroach. [Source]

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