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Billions of cockroaches are being farmed in China to tackle food waste

Credit: REUTERS/ Thomas Suen

In the near pitch-dark, you can hear them before you see them – millions of cockroaches scuttling and fluttering across stacks of wooden boards as they devour food scraps by the tonne in a novel form of urban waste disposal.

“Cockroaches are a bio-technological pathway for the converting and processing of kitchen waste,” said Liu Yusheng, president of Shandong Insect Industry Association.

Cockroaches are also a good source of protein for pigs and other livestock. “It’s like turning trash into resources,” said Shandong Qiaobin chairwoman Li Hongyi.

Read the full article here to find out the full benefits of “Essence of Cockroach”. This may just change your mind about these much-despised little creatures.

By Ryan Woo, Thomas Seun for Reuters