Grow Edible Mealworms With This Desktop Hive

Andrew LaSane

Western cultures are still a little behind on the whole eating bugs thing, but elsewhere in the world, some insects are farmed and enjoyed for their environmental and health benefits. Mealworms are a great source of protein, fiber, B12, and other vitamins and enzymes, so growing them at home like you would vegetables is actually not that bizarre.

San Francisco-based design studio LIVIN Farms has developed an in-home hive system that allows you to grow mealworms in your kitchen. Pupae are put into the top tier, where their lifecycle begins. The mealworms feed on your table scraps, grow, and mate. Full-grown mealworms wind up at the bottom where they can be harvested and cooked. 

The crowdfunding project has two months to raise $100,000. Head over to Kickstarter to learn more.

[h/t: Dezeen]

All photos via Kickstarter.