THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BAMBOOS PANDAS EAT AND THE BAMBOO HUMANS USE
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The giant panda, although few know it, is basically a carnivorous animal. It was only during the evolution of its species that the Panda turned to a herbivorous diet, consisting almost exclusively of bamboo.
It devours bamboo in all its forms and depending on the seasons will eat different types of bamboo or only parts of it. Although it is not suitable for this vegan diet, it survives through morphological, physiological, behavioral and ecological changes.
WHAT BAMBOO DO PANDAS EAT?
During its last known phase of its evolution, the Giant Panda migrated in an ecological environment. This last phase allowed the Panda to discover Bamboo. This plant, growing fast and in abundance, in different forms all year round, also eliminates the need for hunting and avoids competition for food.
The Bamboo Bear, as it is nicknamed by local people in China, has in fact lost its taste capacity to appreciate meat. There are five flavors in mammals that recognize food and what it gives us.
Sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami (Japanese term for delicacy). Following a taste change, the giant panda lost this perception of delicacy for meat, and the ursid turned to bamboo.
The characteristics of the Panda, its size, its lack of agility, the low abundance of carcass to collect, the mass of bamboo and its separate cycle explain why bamboo has become the diet of choice for this fabulous black and white striped bear.
Living in altitude and in forests (Qinling Mountains and Wolong Nature Reserve), this beloved animal of all feeds on six different types of bamboo mainly, but in general eats about thirty different types.
IS THE USE OF BAMBOO FOR OUR PLATES, STRAWS AND TOOTHBRUSHES THREATENING PANDA?
Bamboo plates, bamboo toothbrushes or even bamboo straws are harmless to our friend the Panda. Made with MOSO bamboo, it is not consumed by Pandas. This stuffed animal eats only small, light and thin bamboos that grow in altitude. Moso bamboo does not meet any of these categories.
The bamboo used to make our ecological products is completely sustainable. Moso bamboo experiences strong growth from birth.
Unlimited resource, it is the fastest growing upright plant on our planet. In a few months it reaches heights of 12 to 15 meters with a minimum of water, without fertilizers or pesticides. Using bamboo-based products is therefore perfectly suited to the environment and the protection of our friends the Pandas.
Not only do bamboo plantations absorb more CO2 than they emit (between production and transport), but above all this will prevent the production of plastic products that will not end up in spaces where animals live.
Every 4-5 years, the canes are harvested, to make room for young shoots. They will develop naturally in their turn in an infinite cycle.
The stems will then, depending on their use, be broken to make fiber. Bamboo fiber is a cellulose fiber that will be made from bamboo pulp.
This bamboo fiber can be in the form of pulp or in the form of powder, the bamboo powder will therefore make it possible to make objects in all shapes, such as bamboo plates, cups or even bowls. These bamboo creations are very popular for their ecological side, but above all for their strength and soft, natural and pleasant texture.
PROTECTING ANIMALS WITH BAMBOO
Humans use Moso bamboo and the bamboo does not harm animal species. The very fact of not touching their bamboo even allows other species to live in peace.
The bamboo rat, the black bear, the takin, the wild boar, the porcupine or the little panda depend on the bamboo to survive. Its abundance makes it possible to feed all these species in sufficient quantities and by using Moso bamboo for our creations, we reduced our ecological footprint.
It is clear that the Panda and other species enjoying nature, forests and bamboo must be able to live in peace without humans encroaching on their territory or food.
The use of Moso bamboo is a beautiful solution to allow all species taking advantage of bamboo to feed themselves or to create everyday objects to live together without putting themselves in danger.
So the next time you're hesitant to opt for bamboo straw or eco-friendly dishes, tell yourself that you're making a big contribution to preserving the environment and you're not hurting animals!