Shrimp Genetic Improvement Center
Cycling and food go hand in hand. I would venture to say that everyone on the Bamboo Route cycling tour has loved the cycling but what about the food? Thai food, of course, is world famous. It is defined by four flavors; sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Every night, and at least twice a day on our rest days, we have had the opportunity to eat well and sumptuously. Curries, soups, seafood, stir frys and deep fries, hot and tangy salads, fruits sweets, Nap Pik (dips) – you name it – we have eaten it. In fact, we have been stuffing ourselves with it.
But Thailand is not sitting on its laurels. A few days ago, when we were cycling one of the many back country roads, we came across a very secret site. Well, maybe the site was not secret, but what is going on in there is top secret. I know because when I tried to get into the facility, I was stopped in my tracks.
You may think that all the top research is happening in developed countries such as USA, Japan or China. But this is not the fact. Thailand is doing its own research related to their beloved food at The Shrimp Genetic Improvements Center. Now if you ask me, I would say that the ‘One Almighty’ did a pretty good job when he/she/it designed the shrimp. It tastes very good to me! Especially here in Thailand! Of course, we humans tend to think that we can improve on the Almighty’s works. I mean, we decided to clone things because doing it the old-fashioned way between the two sexes was, I guess for some, just a bit too boring. So it is no surprise that the Thai think they can do a better job with the shrimp.
Before I got pushed out of the premises, I did manage to get some info about what the genetic improvements with the new shrimps will be. The rumors from confirmed and unreliable sources say that the new super shrimp will be twice the size, eat half the food, use quarter of the water, grow four times as fast, will not pollute the water (will actually clean up pollution) and, this is the best part, – will taste sweet, sour, salty and spicy at the same time. Amazing! I can’t wait.
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