THE BETTER ORIGIN ‘X1’
Farmers have been working in harmony with nature for thousands of years, but modern agriculture has become unsustainable. Our ‘X1’ bio-conversion unit deploys 21st century technology to restore nature’s balance. It is a fully automated insect mini-farm that uses AI to manage the process on farmers’ behalf. Our science-driven solution adds value, improves productivity, yield and animal welfare, while delivering 130% ROI.
WHAT IT DOES
The X1 is the world’s first autonomous, cost-effective insect mini-farm that converts waste biomass, such as excess feedstock or food waste into insect biomass, rich in proteins and fats. Tried and tested on chicken farms, it can be used to produce any animal feed.
BENEFITS OF THE BETTER ORIGIN X1
LOCAL PROTEIN FARMING
X1 produces up to five tonnes of protein per year from a range of biomasses. With the highest protein yield square metre per annum, this is a massive boost to food security.
LOCAL WASTE REDUCTION
X1 avoids the emissions associated with landfill, and promotes a more circular food system, providing greater resilience and flexibility in times of need.
GLOBAL EMISSIONS REDUCTION
X1 produces high-quality protein locally, reducing the deforestation associated with soya farming, as well as emissions from transportation.
FOOD WASTE GOES IN, LARVAE TO DO THE WORK, ANIMAL FEED COMES OUT:
Feedstock is delivered into the module and prepared to ensure it is free of bad bacteria.
Our own special insect farming matrix delivers the processed feedstock to seed larvae. Overmind (our AI) oversees the feeding and inspection of the larvae’s health so the farmer does not have to.
Larvae are grown over a 7-14 day period depending on the type of feed required.
When ready, the larvae are harvested and delivered direct to the animals. No processing, no additives.
New seed larvae are delivered to the module on whatever frequency is required.
HOW IT WORKS
It’s simple. Chickens have fed on live insects for millions of years. The X1 simply converts second grade grains and food waste into nutritious insects to be used as feed on farms.
What is the black soldier fly?
The black soldier fly (BSF, Hermetia illucens) is a species of fly present in most parts of the world, known for its voracious appetite and rapid growth, making it perfect for converting waste into high value protein.
What can the BSF feed on?
Our Better Origin X1 technology enables the conversion of virtually any organic waste into larvae biomass.
However, based on current regulations, the larvae can only feed on non-animal bioproducts, such as fruit, vegetable, and cereal wastes.
Can live BSFL be fed to chickens?
Yes. Current regulations allow the use of live insects as poultry feed and prohibit the use of processed ones (e.g. insect meals).
Can you get insects delivered or do you need to have the X1?
Transporting any living creature over long distances is challenging, and live insects are no exception. It is possible to transport X1-farmed insects locally between farms, however the product quality drops significantly if the distance covered exceeds 1 hour. Transportation of livestock also requires additional licenses and agreements to be put in place.
For the full range of benefits, best results, and easiest to implement regulatory structure, we recommend to farm insects on-site. Most existing livestock farms will not face any additional regulatory barriers when adopting an X1.
What is the risk of disease when introducing BSFL as feed?
Better Origin’s system uses a unique way of preparing insect feedstocks, which ensures safety and long-term stability. Our approach prevents the occurrence of pathogens such as Salmonella. Our system for controlling safety does not rely on single point in time methods like heat treatment.
What effects does the BSFL have on hens?
Since live larvae are the most natural feed for hens, implementing them into their diets results in many benefits.
Trials have shown an overall improvement in the chickens’ health and welfare, including better feather coverage, better gut health, and flocks displaying more natural behaviour. We even observed improved productivities and reductions in floor egg laying.
How is the X1 managed?
We know life on the farm is busy, so we have minimised the amount of user interaction needed within our X1s.
The entire process is automated through AI. Our technology prepares the feed, feeds the larvae and monitors factors such as larvae growth, temperature, and humidity. When ready to harvest, the user is notified and the larvae can be fed to the hens.
We also offer comprehensive on-site support and maintenance packages.
What is the electrical draw of the X1?
The X1 consumes 30kWh daily on average, but this is dependent on weather conditions and setup. It is possible to incorporate waste heat into the system if available on site.