One of the key factors in establishing PDXSeafood, our sustainable seafood program, is the declining status of the worlds overfished oceans. I recently came across an article that was informative and worth a read. Click on the link below to access the article.
Thanks to the Xinbin lab of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for analyzing our samples in record time. The results of the analysis completely surprised us. Every sample was nearly ten times lower than the World Health Organizations recommended limit.
This great news sparked us to take a further look as to why the levels are so low. At first glance, as was previously thought, the pandas are eating bamboo covered in deposited soot from a smog covered sky. You can rub your fingers over the bamboo and they come off black. What we discovered next explained the pandas clean bill of health.
I will reveal their secret in a future post as we get closer to writing up the results.
Being the only Americans in a city of 1.25 million, you tend to stick out a little bit. It just so happened that we caught the eye of a reporter from the Ya’an Daily Newspaper. Over a steaming bowl of Ya’an’s best noodles at Mr. Cheng’s, we spoke about our projects involving the Giant Panda and also about our experiences in China.
If we didn’t stick out before, we certainly will now.