14 Nov '11, 11pm

Tea Fertilized with Panda Poop Will Cost $36,000 Per Pound and (Maybe) Prevent Cancer

Tea Fertilized with Panda Poop Will Cost $36,000 Per Pound and (Maybe) Prevent Cancer

A lot of people love pandas, they're are cute, cuddly and make for great YouTube fodder. Now a Chinese wildlife expert is betting that people will love panda poop as well, or at least tea fertilized with the endangered animals' feces . In fact, An Yanshi of Sichuan University believes that tea lovers with be so enthusiastic about the new product that they'll be willing to pay up to $36,000 per pound of the stuff. Oh yeah, it's also supposed to prevent cancer . This isn't the first surprising use for panda poop; research has shown that their feces could be the key to a major breakthrough in biofuel production. The key for each application is the panda's digestive system, which only absorbs about 30% of the bamboo the animals eat. An Yanshi says that because bamboo contains an element that prevents cancer (a claim I couldn't verify), using bamboo-filled poop as fertilizer wi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/panda-poo-will-be-us...

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