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COCKROACHES – China’s new initiative to handle food waste which helps 50 tons of kitchen waste be decomposed every day
December 13 2018, 3:05 PM
Many people think that raising and breeding COCKROACHES is terrible.

Kitchen waste such as excess fruit or damage, the shell like banana peel, orange peel, eggshell, chicken bone, pig bone are all natural sources of nutrition available in the family. These types of waste can be completely converted into fertilizers for plants by a new initiative in Chinese scientists.  There are many different uses depending on each family condition. The leaves, stalks, fruits and banana peels are rich in potassium and phosphorus which is a necessary source of nutrients for plants grown for fruit and flowers.

Cockroaches fed with kitchen waste are seen in a cell at a waste treatment facility of Shandong Qiaobin Agriculture Technology on the outskirts of Jinan, Shandong province

Pharmaceutical company Gooddoctor is rearing six billion cockroaches in its facility (pictured)

However, to speed up the process of decomposing kitchen waste, Chinese scientists have come up with a unique idea. On the suburban of Jinan, east China’s Shandong province, a billion cockroaches are being fed with 50 tonnes of kitchen waste a day – the equivalent in weight to seven adult elephants. It’s known that cockroaches could be a way to get rid of hills of food scraps, providing nutritious food for livestock when the bugs eventually die and, some say, cures for stomach illness and beauty treatments. In addition,  Cockroaches are also a great source of protein for pigs and other livestock. ‘It’s like turning trash into resources,’ said Shandong Qiaobin chairwoman Li Hongyi.

Workers sort of kitchen waste to feed cockroaches at the Shandong Qiaobin Agricultural Technology Plant. A billion cockroaches are being fed with 50 tonnes of kitchen waste a day

A nationwide ban on the use of food as pig feed due to African swine fever outbreaks is also spurring the growth of the cockroach industry.

Children of cockroach farm owner Li Bingcai eat fried cockroaches at his farm in Changning

However, this idea raises a lot of controversy. Many people think that raising and breeding COCKROACHES is terrible. On the other hand, many people think that this is a creative idea, helping to improve the environment. Although there are no accurate figures, there are now hundreds farms which raises cockroaches.

Shandong Qiaobin plans to set up three more such plants next year, aiming to process a third of the kitchen waste produced by Jinan, home to about seven million people

‘People think it’s strange that I do this kind of business,’ Li said. ‘It has great economic value, and my goal is to lead other villagers to prosperity if they follow my lead.”- A farm owner said. Li, formerly a mobile phone vendor, has invested a million yuan (£114,000) in cockroaches, which he sells to pig farms and fisheries as feed and to drug companies as medicinal ingredients.

Reference Source: Daily Mail 

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