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Florida Is Sitting on a Goldmine

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Extract of cockroach is a delicacy among some Chinese, believed able to miraculously reduce inflammation, defy aging and cure tuberculosis, cancer and cirrhosis. In August, Quartz reported Yunnan province is a Silicon Valley-type business center, where pulverized roaches can sell for about $89 a pound; five pharmaceutical companies have contracts with ranches that form the Sichuan Treasure Cockroach Farming Cooperative. A start-up farm in Jiangsu province was, police suspect, vandalized in August, allowing at least a million cockroaches being prepared for market to flee to adjacent neighborhoods.

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