http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/314759

Panda poo used for world's most expensive tea

Posted Nov 20, 2011 by Katerina Nikolas
The world's most expensive tea, selling for a whopping $36,000 per pound, is due to hit the market in spring. The special ingredient behind the price tag is panda excrement.
Six lucky candidates have been awarded the highly coveted opportunity to work as panda caretakers fo...
Six lucky candidates have been awarded the highly coveted opportunity to work as panda caretakers for one month, after an intense three-hour live showdown on China’s largest television network, CCTV.
Kenneth Barrett
Chinese biologist An Yashi, 41, has brewed up a special tea that only the wealthiest will have a chance of sampling. Yashi, who works as a college lecturer at Sichuan University, China, has taken to collecting panda droppings from the Panda Breeding and Research Center in Chengdu, Pravda reported.
Call it what you will, but the panda excrement, dung or plain old poo, is to be used for the fertilization of what will become the world's most expensive tea.
Thus far Yashi has collected five and half tonnes of his not so secret tea ingredient. The excrement will be used to fertilize the tea as it grows. ABC News reports Yashi said “Pandas have a very poor digestive system and only absorb about 30 percent of everything they eat. That means their excrement is rich in fibers and nutrients.” The nutrients that pass into the tea are claimed by Yashi to be rich in anti-cancer properties. Yashi promises a rich and nutty taste for the tea.
Priced at $35,000 per pound, the tea is likely to stay on the shelf unless the super-rich latch onto its appeal. According to the Daily Mail it will be sold "accompanied by a special panda-shaped tea set and two wildlife paintings."
Perhaps the gimmicky give-aways will appeal but it appears unlikely that the average health bod will be able to afford to sample the special tea.