• Cultural


Screening of the documentary (43 mn) by Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis
in the presence of Jeanne Mascolo de Filipis

Cultural L'OR BRUN DU TIBET Les Houches


On Friday 12 August 2022 from 20:30:00 in 22:30:00
Les Houches (74310)

An amazing mutation between animal and plant, cordyceps sinensis is a unique combination of a caterpillar and a mushroom that grows wild in the highlands of Tibet and the Himalayas, at an altitude of over 4000 meters.
This strange organism has always had the reputation of stimulating and regenerating physical faculties and immune defenses. It is one of the basic ingredients of the Asian pharmacopoeia. But since 1993, date of the victory of two Chinese world champions of athletics, cordyceps, nicknamed the "Viagra of the Himalayas", is not only an income for the nomadic populations but also for a whole network of traders who see in it a product even more lucrative than ginseng.
The growing demand for it has led to it being traded at around 25,000 euros per kilo in 2008, more expensive than gold! Tibetan society is being remodeled, the nomads are settling down with the money from the harvest, and the race for profit is pushing Chinese and international laboratories to isolate the stem cell that would make it possible to make a much less expensive medicine. But no reliable clinical study has been conducted to verify these properties, says the director of the University of Biology of Hong Kong.
Shot in Yunnan and Hong Kong, at the two ends of the chain, this film tells the story of this new brown gold rush and the stakes it creates.


Free to participate.


Languages spoken : French


Friday 12 August 2022 between 8.30 pm and 10.30 pm.


27 pl de la Mairie 74310 Les Houches

Nearest bus stop: Les Houches Mairie
Nearest train stop: Les Houches train station
Nearest car park: Freney or Mairie

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Information update on 27/07/2022 by Office de Tourisme de la Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc