in china the cockroaches have helped to create a multi-million dollar industry, used in all sorts of places from fried food to traditional medicine. the industry is so booming that there are even ‘super cockroach’ breeders and now, with their help, these mighty insects are being tipped to solve the once chinese city’s 50-tonne-a-day waste problem.

waste disposal plant in china
image courtesy of south china morning post, photo by tom wang

 

 

according to the south china morning post, nine million tonnes of rubbish were produced in beijing in 2017 alone. the solution that has been devised? feed it to the cockroaches. breeders are now answering the calls of waste disposal plants ordering millions and millions of these insects to be bred so that they can be fed with the garbage.

 

 

in jinan, capital of the eastern province of shandong, one such plant hosts a billion of these insects which have been bred to dispose of the daily waste. such a success it has been that shandong qiaobin agricultural technology co that manages the plant is thinking about opening three more next year.

 

the plan is to use this method to help dispose of about a third of the food waste produced in the city by seven million inhabitants. in sichuan’s these super cockroaches are born for the pharmaceutical industry. according to online italian news journal corriere della serra, they are grown at controlled temperature and humidity, using a system powered by artificial intelligence that learns from experience and mistakes. some scientists are worried however: what would happen if a human error or maybe an earthquake released the six billion cockroaches? only time will tell…

  • I see a 50-ton-a-day cockroach shit problem coming

    Manu says:
  • Matter cannot be created or destroyed.

    Carmes says:
  • I agree with the comentaries above. I don’t understand what they solve. The roaches eat the garbage and produce shit and methane… where is the gain? they release more CO2 and methane to the atmosphere! perhaps is better to put it under the earth, at least we trap the CO2 inside as it was petroleum.
    I could understand it if they produce shit and methane and after we use it for energy purpouses, like a biogas.

    JOSEP AZUARA ROBLES says:
  • I publish for the waste industry, and can tell you that this is a great idea as long as the roaches can remain in a controlled setting. Any person that assumes that methane or CO2 gas (produced by insects, animals or humans) is the cause of global temperature increases is an absolute fool. There is absolutely nothing to prove, scientifically, that this is the cause. If governments believed this to be the case, they would be more protective of forests being harvested for the biomass energy market. Countries would also limit the amount of tree exports that are going to China, which, by the way, is destroying the hardwood forest areas of North America. Yet governments are not limiting such trade practices at all. All you so called scientists who think limiting CO2 and methane gas will solve temperature increases, are crazy. My God, water vapor is the number one greenhouse gas, and no one is trying to limit the amount of water vapor that goes into the atmosphere, are they? Wake-up people! “Climate Change” is and always will be a government driven agenda to control people and industry. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ignorant people walking on this earth who will drink this Koolaide!

    Rick says:
  • @Josep Bullshit. It’s a positive feedback loop. More methane and CO2 make more evaporation possible. Stop spreading misinformation.

    https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2008/02/common-climate-misconceptions-the-water-vapor-feedback-2/

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