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Eldorado

A billion bugs fed 50 tonnes of waste per day

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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.

On the outskirts 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.

Expanding Chinese cities are generating more food waste than they can accommodate in landfills, and 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.

Full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6478547/Bug-business-Cockroaches-corralled-millions-China-crunch-waste.html

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Iilaa'mpuul'xem

Thats nice, what a lovely story... 

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susieice

They must reproduce like crazy being maintained so well. 

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Iilaa'mpuul'xem

Reminds me when we hitch hiked a lift on a dutch fishing trawler after a job... We slept in hammocks, they said it was better than bunks and when the lights went out, I found out why... the floor was alive and moving with thousands of cockroaches... You could hear them all night... 

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qxcontinuum

Great idea. 

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