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Thomas Farrugia Wins December's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Fri, 01 February 2019

Thomas Farrugia won December's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Beta Bugs.

Business Description

Beta Bugs is an insect breeding company that creates high performance breeds for the rapidly-growing ‘insects-as-protein’ sector. The protein-dense insects are used in livestock and aquaculture feed, reducing the need for environmentally damaging soymeal and fishmeal. Compared to these traditional protein resources, insects grow quickly and require minimal land and water. Beta Bugs is utilising the short lifespan and increased generational turnover of insects to test new breeding biotechniques to accelerate desired characteristics. Beta Bugs’ first product is a faster growing strain of insect which they can sell on to commercial insect farms. 
 
Commiserations to Paige Fashoni (FLUX Undies), Max Grell (BlakBear), Harrison Hall (OneCup) and Luke Young (Agrisea) who were shortlisted but did not win this time and are encouraged to reapply.

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