In China, a billion cockroaches are leading the fight against food waste

December 13, 2018 by  
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Warning: This story could make your skin crawl. As China’s cities continue to grow at a rapid pace, problems are arising with the country’s food waste. The Chinese population is producing so much food waste that the landfills can’t keep up, and this has led to some out-of-the-box thinking — using a billion cockroaches to take care of the problem. According to a new Reuters report , a plant outside of the city of Jinan — the capital of the eastern Shandong province — is disposing of the 50 tons of kitchen waste it receives every day by feeding the food scraps to the cockroaches. This process is not just a creative solution for food waste, but it is also providing livestock with nutritious food once the cockroaches die. Related: 5 simple ways to reduce your food waste right now “It’s like turning trash into resources,” said Shandong Qiaobin chairwoman Li Hongyi. Shandong Qiaobin Agricultural Technology runs the Jinan plant, and the company hopes to open three more plants next year, with the goal of eliminating one-third of the city’s food waste. Jinan currently has a population of around 7 million. This novel approach to urban waste starts with the waste arriving at the plant before daybreak, and then workers feed it through pipes to cockroaches in their cells. China banned the use of food waste as pig feed because of outbreaks of African swine fever. Now, this new process is encouraging the cockroach industry to grow. Shandong Qiaobin is beginning to serve as an example for others throughout China , with many people opening their own cockroach farms. Humans waste about one-third of the food produced across the globe each year — around 1.3 billion tons — and this is negatively impacting the environment as well as the economy. If the cockroach trend takes off outside of China’s borders, it could mean that these little pests will be soldiers on the frontline of the global war against food waste. Via Reuters Image via Shutterstock

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Self-Powered Cyborg Cockroaches Could Locate Disaster Victims

February 3, 2014 by  
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Cockroaches are not everyone’s cup of tea, but a recent development by a team of Japanese scientists may change the way you look at the virtually indestructible creepy-crawlies . Osaka University and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology developed a tiny fuel cell that can transform the insects into a self-powered, wireless sensor network. The battery-free bugs can then be remotely controlled to look for trapped disaster victims. Read the rest of Self-Powered Cyborg Cockroaches Could Locate Disaster Victims Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cockroach , cockroaches for disaster relief , Cyborg Cockroaches , cyborg insects , disaster victims , fuel cell , how cockroaches can find trapped people , human relief efforts , Osaka University , self-powered cockroaches , Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology , trehalose , wireless sensor network        

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Invasive Asian Cockroaches Spotted in New York Can Resist Extreme Cold

December 9, 2013 by  
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It seems that New York City’s reputation as a melting pot extends to its 6-legged creatures as well. A species of invasive Asian cockroach was spotted for the first time on U.S. soil at the city’s High Line park. Identified as the periplaneta japonica, the immigrant bug is known for its ability to withstand extreme cold, a trait that differentiates it from the American cockroach. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cockroach , cold resistant cockroach , high line , high line cockroach , HIGHLINE , highline cockroach , invasive species , Japanese cockroach , new NY cockroach , periplaneta japonica , water bug , Yamato cockroach        

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DIY Solar Powered Cockroach Toy Is A Perfect Kids’ Project

October 17, 2011 by  
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Photo by Joshua Zimmerman/ Brown Dog Gadgets From the same maker who brought us the $3 solar emergency radio , and the DIY solar battery chargers for cell phones and iPhones , comes a fun toy project that is a perfect way to get kids started in learning how electr… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Is London Considering Paris-Style Electric Car Sharing?

October 17, 2011 by  
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The huge Parisian electric car sharing network that just launched is a powerful symbol for a new economic model. Combining the environmental benefits of electric cars with the environmental and social benefits of a collaborative, sharing economy has the potential to be a real gam… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Stefano Boeri’s Vertical Forest Under Construction in Milan

October 17, 2011 by  
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Stephano Boeri /© It looks like one of those jazzy renderings we show of vertical farm fantasies, but this one is real and under construction. It is Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, being built in Milan…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Vegan Zombie Loves Vegan Cheese: Can Cheese-Lovers Love It Too? (Video)

October 17, 2011 by  
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Image credit: The Vegan Zombie When I posted on the Vegan Zombie’s road trip to NYC , one commenter objected to my implication that vegan desserts are somehow inferior to dairy-based ones. As they rightly pointed out, many “conventional” desserts are vegan by default—my intention had simply been to point out that cream- and egg-laden desserts are often one of the hardest things for us non-vegans to imagine giving up. But perhaps even more troublesome for many (myself included) is… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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How Cockroach Brains May One Day Save Your Life

September 7, 2010 by  
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Photo via C.E. Bucephalus They´re the insect that everyone loves to hate – but one day a cockroach just may save your life. Typically despised for being ugly, dirty, and icky, the hearty critters actually possess powerful antibiotic properties inside their little brains which could be used to help combat drug resistant bacte..

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