China’s national treasure, the giant panda, will become more precious if one businessman succeeds in using its poop to grow organic green tea he intends to sell for more than $200 a cup.
An Yanshi grows the tea using tons of panda dung from animals living at centers in China.
The panda-dung tea will be sold in batches of 50 grams that will cost about $3,500. It takes about three grams to make a cup of tea. Can you do the math to figure out how much a cup will cost?
An says he will donate some profits to a fund for pandas.
“I just want to convey to the people of the world the message of turning waste into something useful,” the former teacher and journalist, 49, said at a tea tasting over the weekend.
An described the tea as fragrant and smooth. Some of his guests, however, were not impressed.
“It’s sold at such a sky-high price. Perhaps this is just hype,” said Li Ximing, 49.