An appliance designed to let you grow mealworms at home for food might sound like an invention from the future… a dystopian version of the future. But a couple of Austrian idealists are looking to make that future a reality, and hopefully a pleasant one at that, projecting that it will start shipping tabletop mealworm farms to customers as soon as November.
LIVIN Farms, the company behind the “world´s first desktop hive for edible insects,” has shown that interest for their LIVIN Farms Hive actually exists, at least on Kickstarter (a community that admittedly has a bit of a spotty record when it comes to choosing feasible projects). The startup closed two months of funding this past January with a pretty substantial $145,429. Buoyed by this success, the duo behind the company relocated to the Chinese manufacturing hub of Shenzhen to oversee the final development and manufacture of their product.