Green Project against hunger and global warming: Termites

I needed to use the words “green project” and “against hunger” in this Termite Project, to make it easier for investors to find. I realized how many people are searching for “green projects”, and how few look for “termite advantages”…

In many countries the crops remains are burnt, to make way for new pastures. This practice has long been recognized as wrong, because it damages the soil and the environment. I intend those farmers to start giving those cellulose remains to termites raised in a controlled site. Thus, instead of wasting the resource and generating pollutants, the material will re-enter the alimentary chain and benefit everyone in that chain.

There are other ways in which the Termite Project can be considered Green. For instance, it we destroy cellulose to give way to new vegetation, we are eliminating carbon dioxide and producing healthy food for men and his animals.

It is also important the effect on urban landfills filled with garbage….

Termite research: small scale vs. large scale exploitations

With the oil crisis, there is renewed effort on biofuels. A number of groups are researching the enzymes that break apart cellulose, such as those in the termite gut, and those in some bacteria that feed on roten wood.

However, there are two ways to focus the termite raising project. One way is the scientific, big-shot, big-money, for medium term results, in the best of cases. The second is a small-scale project that will allow small farmers to have a small termite-farm, good to feed their animals.

This can create an important source of income for small enterprisers or farmers around the globe.

You can build a chemical reactor with enzymes coming from bacteria or termites, for a few hundred thousands (way 1), or have the alive termites themselves do the digestionj (way 2). The second way is Not being done by currently, we do not know why, and is very cheap, because a small farmer will need mabye 400 to get started, purchasing the technology and the reproductors (colony seed insects) from us.

Of course, from way 2 we can provide knowledge and insects to those going Way 1, but that is a second goal.

There are some VC or Angel investors motivated by the Green Way and Feed the Hungry waves that can find this project very appealing. Big companies are probably looking into Way 1, because the go for the big business for a few important clients.

Why nobody does it?

This is the question that started the project. Actually, poor African farmers do it at a small scale, with a high labor associated cost. They do not have the technology that we can build.

Some objections:

– termites are hard to grow (many fans and some companies and research institutions do it regularly).

– termites can escape and be dangerous (not with good containment and safety practices)

– termites can give bad taste to chicken meat (unlikely – unfounded)

– termites are disgusting and the public will reject them (this concept will soon disappear after the fears prove unfounded)

– termites grow slowly (also does grain)

– termites will be an expensive way to feed chicken (previous experiments prove it is cheaper, and much cheaper at industrial scale; termites require very little care or supplies).

– nobody does it because nobody did it (so, I/we would be the first)

Writing the Business Plan

After a few days of having this blog running and 10 dollars spent in AdWords, I have the first request for a Business Plan and a presentation. Good! I might be on the right track.

I am not overtly optimistic, because in the past I have presented several BPs for client companies or myself, and success was not guaranteed. And a few suppossed investors were scammers, looking for ‘Examination Fees’ and with no connection with real investors whatsoever.

I have experience presenting grant proposals to the State, Foundations or International Help Agencies. I can be proud of my 65% success rate. At this time I am preparing two proposals for a client, one for a Google Web Positioning software, and another for a Telecommunications Company. My deadline for those is April 3, so I will be busy for the next days.

However, I need a BP for the Termite Farm project. So, I will get into it. I own a BP Writing software by PaloAlto Software, which helps a lot with the numbers. But I need to be creative, focused, convinced of the value of my proposal, solid and business-minded. Keep that in mind if you ever need to do something like this. Or write to me. I might need some pocket money and help you do it.

But you better have a good project that will convince me. I tend to be better at the things in which I truly believe. And I really expect to be the Termite Farming King in a really short time.

With your help, until further notice.