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Old 10-16-2013, 09:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Chinese Cockroach Farms

Cockroach farms multiplying in China - latimes.com

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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 animals. 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.

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Li Shunan, a 78-year-old professor of traditional medicine from the southwestern province of Yunnan who is considered the godfather of cockroach research, said he discovered in the 1960s that ethnic minorities near the Vietnamese border were using a cockroach paste to treat bone tuberculosis.

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Li reels off an impressive, if implausible, list of health claims: "I lost my hair years ago. I made a spray of cockroaches, applied it on my scalp and it grew back. I've used it as a facial mask and people say I haven't changed at all over the years.
Move over 7up, there's a new remedy in town.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_950827.html
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If the rest of the world can get over the stigma... I'd be all for it. First few meals would be gross, after that I'd imagine I'd settle in.
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Gross.
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I would be more repulsed by the idea that there would be an influx of amateurs trying to raise cockroach farms casually in their homes or public buildings as a way of making relatively small time profit on the side.
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Gross.
I have to side with you on that, however .. were you aware that we have ALREADY been eating bugs for quite some time now?
It's true; some of those healthy snack bars that promise protein - the 'protein' they're talking about is actually mashed BUGS.

The way I see it is this: if people drink cow's blood in their chocolate milk unknowingly {called 'cargeenan' on the label} and yet still go back for more proves the point that there is nothing 'wrong' with it except peoples' perception of it once they find out.

I still like a chocolate milk once in a while.
And I've eaten those 'protein' snack bars too, even after knowing what it is.

As Kryten from Red Dwarf once said {as he was serving Lister a Space Weevil, decorated nicely on the plate} :
'It's all in the presentation; the first bite is with the eye.'

So when it comes to the issue of eating cockroaches, I'm sure that same principle will apply - as long as it looks good {and hopefully tastes good too} I'm sure we'll have no problem adjusting.

AS this applies to the Chinese situation, maybe they should send a memo to their neighbors in North Korea, since the last I heard they were resorting to cannibalism.



Those bugs are sounding better already, aren't they?
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Yes I am well aware of that JG. I'm also aware of how nasty roaches are. Farm raised ones aren't gonna be eating trash but that changes very little. I wouldn't eat horseflies either.
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AS this applies to the Chinese situation, maybe they should send a memo to their neighbors in North Korea, since the last I heard they were resorting to cannibalism.

Those bugs are sounding better already, aren't they?
Why do you gotta' hate on the Norks? Homme is good eating, ya' know.

Anyways, I grew up learning that bugs are dirty, diseasy, and generally incomparable with my body. (see: mosquito) I'm willing to admit that there is benefit in eating particular insects, but I would not deny that I am predisposed to the idea.
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I ate chocolate covered crickets before, they were pretty tasty. The cricket itself had a nice texture and taste, like a dried wheat type thing that kinda busted into dust when you bit down on it.
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I think even Bear Grylls would be disgusted at this
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