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Clever Shanxi Farmers Selling Cicadas for Food and Medicine

Clever Shanxi Farmers Selling Cicadas for Food and Medicine

Clever famers in Linyi, Shanxi have started harvesting cicadas to sell. Cicadas are harmful to the apple trees abundant in the area, and local farmers kill two birds with one stone, harvesting baby cicadas to sell as an ingredient in Chinese medicine and as an ingredient for cooking, killing off the pests and making some extra income in the process.A farmer said that cicadas have become more popular recently, with the price rising from 10 to 40 RMB within the last 7 years.One netizen posted a friendly reminder saying that cicadas contain lots of heavy metals including lead and mercury, and can be dangerous to consume.
Source: Netease

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