The Better Origin X1

Hyperlocal AI-powered insect farm

The Better Origin X1 tackles food waste, reduces emissions, and increases food security.

Inside the container, food waste is eaten by insects, which then become a sustainable source of protein.

Just one X1 saves:

Better Origin's automated insect farm

Fully automated system

The X1 is completely automated. It takes care of seeding, feeding, growth, and harvest.

You don’t need to know anything about insect farming because our AI does.

How does an insect farm work?

Bullet point 1

Food waste and young larvae are delivered to the insect farm.

Bullet point 2

The X1 processes food waste into larvae feed. Our AI oversees feeding and growth so the farmer does not have to.

Bullet point 3

The larvae grow over a 7-14 day period depending on the type of feed we use.

Bullet point 4

Finally, the larvae are harvested and delivered directly to the animals. No processing, no additives.

Bullet point 5

We deliver new seed larvae to the module on whatever frequency is required.

Is the X1 right for me?

What type of waste can I use?

The Better Origin X1 enables the conversion of virtually any organic waste into larvae biomass.

However, based on current regulations, if the larvae are used as feed, they can only feed on pre-consumer products. Examples include:

  • fruit and vegetable waste
  • rejected grains
  • bakery waste
  • egg waste

What animals can eat insect feed?

Insects can be used as feed in a variety of industries, including:

  • poultry
  • aquaculture
  • pigs
  • pet food

Do you sell to smallholdings and backyard farmers?

The X1 is designed for medium and bigger farms – in the case of poultry, the minimum flock size is 16,000.

How does insect feed impact productivity?

Our trials have shown an overall improvement in the chickens’ health and welfare, including better feather coverage and better gut health.


Following that, you can expect an increase in productivity (more eggs laid) and fewer floor eggs.


Read more about the benefits here. 

How is the X1 carbon neutral?

The X1 mitigates the emissions coming from food waste. It also replaces feeds such as soy, which is linked to deforestation and high carbon emissions.

Can I process the larvae into something?

In addition to feeding live insects to animals, there is also an option to process them into insect protein, insect flour, chitin, etc. for use in packaged animal feed, pet food, and even human food.

What do I need for installation?

The insect farm requires on-site water, IBC intake, grain silo, auger, 15kW electricity connection, and drainage.

What geographies do you cover?

At this moment we are focusing on the UK and EU markets and are only able to collaborate with supermarkets, food producers, and farmers based in those regions.

Is there a subscription available?

All X1’s are leased as part of a subscription service. The contract covers regular supply of neonate larvae and 24/7 remote support of our engineering and maintenance team.

Do you provide training?

There isn’t a lot to learn when it comes to operating the X1 as our technology and remote support engineers ensure it’s always on.

However, all farmers receive training on seeding the larvae and harvesting.

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