Startup’s bug idea – to put cricket tortillas and chips on the menu
Company founded by three Spanish friends hopes to tap into demand for new sources of protein.
There are no gargantuan mastiffs or shepherds on quad bikes watching over the hundreds of thousands of newborn animals that tumble and crawl around an unlikely farm among the wind turbines, motorways and patchwork fields of this corner of Castilla-La Mancha, in central Spain.
Nor are there any fences to pen them in. Plastic tubs, shelves and the insulated walls of a unit on a windswept industrial estate do the job perfectly well. But whatever Origen Farms lacks in land, tradition and rural romance, it aims to make up for in innovation, enthusiasm and resilience.
Founded almost two years ago, the business rears a single beast: Acheta domesticus, the house cricket.
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