A lot of people love pandas, they're 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 will confer that property on the tea.
It helps that he's making green tea, which has antioxidants that seem to prevent cancer cells from dividing. So by his logic, the super tea will double down your protection against the deadly disease.
While An Yanshi says that the tea will have "a mature, nutty taste and a very distinctive aroma," this whole idea smells a little fishy to me. I'd like to see these claims confirmed by someone reliable before spending anything, let alone thousands of dollars, on this tea.
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