The Big Bug Eating Industry of China (Part 2)

By | February 21, 2020

These are expensive. Right now one egg is worth
five mao [8 cents]. Five mao for such a tiny egg? Yes. Because an adult doudan worm
can be sold for 10 yuan [$150], the profit margins are high. The first step of doudan farming is to stick the doudan moth’s eggs
onto this paper. Then we staple the paper onto
the soybean leaves, and let the doudan grow. Let’s go see. Here are the adult doudan worms. In a few days they’ll be
big enough to sell. Yeah, that one is pretty much
ready to eat. The worms are under the soil. The yellow fungus produces spores. They’re considered a kind of
traditional medicine in China. But the fungi are harmful to doudan. Oh, here’s a pupa. It has a strong tail. -So the pupa is going to…
-The pupa is going to bore out of the soil. It keeps turning. It’s a spiral movement
to the surface. To the surface? Until it reaches the surface because
the pupae are soft and vulnerable, they have to get out of the soil
to become moths. The basis of
our moth farming industry is to divide up the different
developmental stages of the doudan moth. Then we control each stage separately. It’s different from
the original farming methods. I was born in the 70s,
in 1973. Back then, we were poor.
To feed ourselves, we ate whatever we could find. Later, in the 90s, we moved from the
countryside to cities. Food is no longer a worry. But it feels good when I recall the childhood memory of eating insects. So we brought this tradition
into the city. That‘s where the demand for the
worms comes from. As a result, restaurants started buying insects from the countryside to make insect dishes. Gradually, insect dishes
were accepted more widely. But in the past, people only gathered wild doudan? Yes. They only caught wild doudan. They caught them in
huge quantities. People ate about 80
thousand tons a year. But it wasn’t sustainable, and now wild doudan are
much more scarce, right? Yes. Wild doudan numbers are decreasing. It’s been this way since 2012. So, because of the
high demand of the market, the wild population
of doudan is shrinking? To some extent, yes. But human activity is only one factor. You could say, “we’ve eaten them
to near-extinction” -Hello.
-Hi. Shall we have a look inside? Sure. Remember to stick to the middle. It’s dark inside. I’ll bring a flashlight. Are the bugs afraid of light? Yes. They stay in the shadows. We usually work in the darkness. It’s completely dark in here. -Be careful.
-I’m fine. Follow me and watch your step.
There are other beetles on the ground. They’re more active later in the day. The room gets swarmed
by cockroaches. This kind of cockroach can be eaten raw. -What?
-You can really eat these raw. This one just shed its shell,
it’s fine to eat it raw. But what does shedding the shell
have to do with eating it? When the cockroach molts,
its impurities get excreted. What’s left is basically pure protein. At first I farmed Tu Yuan,
[another kind of Chinese cockroach] because they’re often used as medicine. Then I found out regular cockroaches
go well with the Tu Yuan. When I breed the beetles in the soil,
and cockroaches above them, I don’t even need to change the
temperature, humidity, or the feed. It’s a win-win situation. It’s been five years
since I started this job. At the beginning I could see
why people consider them pests, killing them without hesitation. But now I feel a closeness with
my cockroaches, because I know them well. How many cockroaches are in here?
Or what is the mass of cockroaches in here? I don’t know the exact number. But I think there are about 500
catties of cockroaches in this room. So how much are
these cockroaches worth? About 50,000 yuan. How did you find out that cockroaches
could be used like this? I watched some reports on TV,
and I saw that people were raising cockroaches. Now I often receive phone calls asking whether I have
cockroaches for sale. They want cockroaches
alive or dried. People get prescribed cockroaches to cure their
medical conditions. So, it’s like the doctor tells them “you have to eat cockroaches
to get better”? Exactly. Do you know what exact part of
the cockroach helps cure cancer? For that… they extract something
from the cockroach’s cells. I can’t really explain more,
I’m not that clear on it. I’m not the expert. I see. Well, if you get an order
for hundreds of kilos, how profitable is that? Basically, as a cockroach farmer, except for the cost of feed,
and our initial startup costs and manpower,
everything else is pure profit. The cockroaches eat
almost everything out here. They can eat
vegetables and weeds, and leftovers from
vegetable markets. The vegetable vendors give us all the scraps
they don’t need. That’s a big part
of cockroach feed. So the cost of breeding
cockroaches is pretty low. Expenses are low. How many people work here? Actually, it’s only me. My family runs the whole farm. I feed the cockroaches once a day,
in the afternoon. -Once a day is enough?
-That’s right. Can I… smell it? Fragrant, right? Sure it’s fragrant, but… Let me try. How is it? It tastes a bit oily,
but that’s about it. Have a try? It’s not really my thing. Not used to it? Yeah, it’s kinda tough. I don’t eat this every day either.
But eating a cockroach every so often like this
is fine for me. I wouldn’t want to eat them
every day either. It smells spicy. It’s a bit fishy.

100 thoughts on “The Big Bug Eating Industry of China (Part 2)

  1. VICE Post author

    VICE China harvests — and eats — what many consider to be some of the world's most disgusting pests.

    Have you seen Part 1 yet? Watch it here:

  2. WeiWen WWE Post author

    6:26 i will never look at eggdrop soup the same again…bye

  3. Crz Show Post author


  4. ResidentEvil302 Rican215usa Post author

    Hes disrespectful talkn shit right in front of them jus cuz they dont kno the language dont b disrespectful in ther own house wen theyr being so hospitable fuckn lame dickhead i would beat the shit out of him scrawny nerdy dick head

  5. Ganggang Real Post author

    本身就低等 自己也傻逼 还不诚实 不老实 傻逼大陆

  6. Keekay Post author

    I'm never watching anything with this host. What a fucking whiner

  7. prem chand Post author

    I guess we should have Chinese friend as guest if you had problems of cockrouch in our home or neighbour hood,they will eat those and guess what your area will be cockroach free.

  8. AshleyNicholas84 W Post author

    “We’ve eaten them to near extinction” The next words spoken are about a Doudan Feast that’s about to go down 🤦🏼‍♂️ Fucking idiots 😂

  9. Van Khawlhring Post author

    I’m Asian and all I gotta say is that Chinese people are the Nastiest

  10. Waffle Nation Post author

    My pops was like this born in the 70s super poor but now we be vibing he moved to America and declined his roomates offer to create a company in China but then roommate got rich :/ we still vibing tho

  11. BarefootIguana Post author

    Man this dude comes off as a bit pretentious. Not a great fit for this…

  12. Mekongman Post author

    Doesn't want to eat bugs, but travel across the country to find bugs to documentary on. Tf?

  13. Angel R Post author

    I eat grasshoppers in Mexico but I wouldn't dare to eat cockroaches …

  14. Master-Bait Post author

    born in 90's i already tasted beetles,grasshopper,crickets, larvae,frogs,lizard,bats,birds,snake, cat and dogs etc..

  15. Karazu Ren Post author

    When i saw the sporea and fungus i remember the game "the last of us" 😅

  16. Aaron Acosta Post author

    Damn this report is mad disrespectful smh white people arent understanding of other cultures w

  17. sushmita gurung Post author

    Although i understand eating insects specially cockroaches can be difficult but calling other ppls food garbage when they are inviting you to their home is absolutely mannerless.. if you r so disgusted with cockroaches why take a camera and go after them.. the boy is more disgusting than the cockroaches

  18. Abara Nihei Post author

    How fucking Rude is it to stand in the house of a farmer and call his product garbage……. The only time he actually sat accuratly at the table was with the hipster bunch making food thats only toped with insects…

  19. sativa Grow420 Post author

    So nice to eat insect
    No fat bürgen nö sugar
    No System food

  20. LUX LIFE Post author

    Im SHOCKED VICE ACTUALLY SHOT AND UPLOADED THIS GUY. This video just seems like Vice just found a rude western ASSHOLE who speaks Mandarin for this piece. He was rude about the culture and basis of his report throughout the first episode and this one. It’s like he was counting on the cockroach farmers family’s non understanding of English to be freely rude. ‘This is garbage’??? Really Vice? You condone this? He knew what he was reporting on before doing it. It’s fine to not have a taste for what you’re trying out but don’t treat the native people who’s allowed you access and hospitality like ignorant pricks for having different tastes to you JOSH. The Prick. It’s funny how at the end he didn’t exhibit any rudeness to the Caucasians who spoke perfect English though. Vice you disappoint me. Do better in your approach to other people cultures. You’re perpetuating a ‘west is best’ age old ignorant mentality. Guys a complete fuckin ASSHOLE. Anyone who watched this and saw no problem with it. I ABHOR you!!

  21. memorybeatz Post author

    This is what happens when you send a journalist to do an anthropologist's job. What you get is "garbage" reporting and for all the wrong reasons. There is no depth or importance to this report other than people in some places eat insects. Ironically, Vice probably believes they are informing the public, when really they are just perpetuating Western stereotypes about cultures around the globe.

  22. Johnston Steiner Post author

    Everyone who says they would never eat this ,please remember back in the day americans wouldn't eat Chinese food, raw fish, and lobster. Now foodies foodgasm over how fresh the fish was and bonus points if killed just before serving.

  23. kmusic Post author

    you are MVP for being in that room filled with roaches….my upmost respect for you…then.. eating it…..I'm chinese but even I couldn't do it…

  24. Cozmic Romance Post author

    The dog in the room with them with the roaches they bout to eat WTF ?

  25. Jimmy ATX ALL DAY Post author


  26. *** STAR-MAN *** Post author

    That mealworm tower in the office is kinda creepy. I mean what if that’s what mankind is? Just a tray on a harvester tower. It’s kinda F’d up.

  27. Bruce RanSone Post author

    yup that is where I draw a line in the sand . Nooooooooo roaches ever! and no (wire hangers) ever! 😂 👋
    I give you all the credit in the world for venturing in dude. I couldn't do it.

  28. hey lil mama lemme whisper in ya ear Post author

    300$ for a bowl of water and worms NO THANK YOU wtf is wrong with yall

  29. Chris Waters Post author

    It's been done for hundreds of years in South East Asia.🤷‍♂️What's the fuss about. I eat pan fryed insects often.

  30. Billy Sunday Post author

    Vice went from what I thought was the new journalism to fuck boy central. Send me to some of these places.

  31. A A Post author

    I would probably eat the mill worms. No way I would try the cockroaches.

  32. Judy Hd Post author

    Like si viste a El jorobado de notre dam el minuto 15:53 😂

  33. Yunhan W Post author

    fried worms are really fking delicious, a bit like chips, but more stasty

  34. Lisa Maynard Post author

    Have some effn RESPECT dude!!! Seriously. You are very rude and disrespectful of people's cultures! Your the one who asked to share their table. Both parts you were terrible. I'm not sure if your just assuming no one spoke English or what but you know what they say… Listen man, just have some respect, really nothing more to say.

  35. Mulani Aleem Post author

    I've tried the delicacy served by the Chinese street vendors cooked in gutter oil. It was satisfying but gave me diarrhoea for a few days.

  36. NN NN Post author

    I can't eat my meal when I see a cockroach, I feel like I'm chewing it with the meal 😁 lol yuck!

  37. marie badua Post author

    I felt like when you eat bugs still alive inside your tummy though its dead. 😁

  38. Chris A Post author

    It’s ok to have a different opinion but not disrespectful.. the whole video is disrespectful

  39. J Galicia Post author

    Although this reporter knows the language, he comes off as rude per cultural standards. The cockroaches were better mannered lol
    .Reading the comments, I'm not the only one who's noticed

  40. Ultimate Despair Post author

    if just one guy with a can of mortein sprayed those farms,they would be ending careers within seconds

  41. Ultimate Despair Post author

    I breed roaches and mealworms aswell…To feed my reptiles

  42. Niksi Ismo Post author

    should i be worried that i wasnt one bit grossed out by the mealworms or cockroaches or eating them?

  43. Terry Au Post author

    I'm sure our ancestors ate a ton of insects. high in protein and nutrients.

  44. Jake Smith Post author

    That "parasite" of the pupa he just throws around is even more expensive than the bugs sitting at around 20k per KG.. It's the stroma ( Fruit body ) of a fungus called Cordyceps Militaris and can only be cultivated on such bugs, it contains the compound cordycepin.

  45. h Post author

    cockaroach guy is a fucking boss. last time i saw a cockaroach i almost shit myself

  46. Danny Casino Post author

    You have a aerospace engineer talking about launching into space how can a man with his intelligence actually believe in space that makes me laugh so hard there is no space there is no way to ever get there because of 3 words Van Allen belts….SMH ….

  47. Abbie Alefteras Post author

    You did good but your manners where terrible these people fed you and you acted stuck up and unappreciative of the food they offered you.

  48. John Jones Post author

    You p*ssy yuppie mother f*ck*rs!!! If I have to eat insects I will just die… I shudder to think what's to come of the Earth in the years to come… this just a small piece of the utter disgustingness of it all… 🤢🤢🤮

  49. Oie White Post author

    the old saying people would crap on an stick if you sell to them

  50. Emiel Vrolijk Post author

    Pfff… such a pussy. I love eating bugs! I breed several species of cockroaches, mainly as food for my tarantulas, scorpions, terrestrial crabs and lizards, but I eat them myself as well sometimes. I also always have crickets at hand, and I enjoy buying the occasional grasshoppers or mealworms. Mealworms are fine to eat raw as well, with a bit of soy sauce and lemon juice. Nothing wrong with it! And there are species of cockroaches like the redrunner, which have a nice, nutty taste 🙂

  51. Thando C Post author

    whaaaat and this worm is just worth nothing in Botswana and we dont even eat it,……

  52. JubaSniper Post author

    NNNNNope Worms and Bugs…😷😝😉
    Niemals nich Würmer's und Käfer's in meinem Munde..
    doch wer's mag, dann gönn dir…😆👍

  53. Mechanical Chris Post author

    dude with the roaches was insulted . … I don't eat them every day… lion ass. I bet he be snacking on the albino ones 24/7

  54. Doriamo Post author

    For some reason I'd be way more into eating one of those roaches if they were raised in a lab and not in that stank basement.

  55. Jc 188 Post author

    They ate cockroaches. And they saw it was good. And God said, "I give you, Coronavirus."

  56. Dav A Post author

    I was Disappointed by the way off price shown. 10 Yuan = 1.40 to $1.50 depending on the exchange fluctuations.
    Shame on Vice for saying it was $150.00, Back in 2017 I think it was even much less.
    The rest of the video on eating insects was great. I loved the juxtaposition of the countryside and the city industrial endeavors.
    And the honest feeling and observations even if some might see it a rude. Among friends, Truth is more appreciated than politeness.

  57. Sophisticated Diglett Post author

    China is responsible for so many extinct species it's unreal.

  58. parmvir singh bhatti Post author

    ten years ago a teacher asked to students " tell me one living thing, which Chinese people dont eat, then the lecture is over" legend says students are still thinking after 2.7 million wrong answers

  59. Mara Latorre Post author

    How does vice let their reporters get away with being so blatantly disrespectful? This is insulting.

  60. Eric Lawrence Post author

    Yuan to dollar conversion at 10yuan = $150? conversion rate 1 Chinese Yuan equals
    0.14 United States Dollar so… not more like a $1.50

  61. Ty Post author

    What kind of reporter goes into a nice family’s home and has no hesitation in expressing his disgust with their way of life. This guy makes me sick. Great way to represent yourself VICE. Fire this ungrateful asshole immediately please.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *