From Wikipedia.org: “The word “ruminant” comes from the Latin ruminare, which means ‘to chew over again’. Ruminants are mammals that are able to acquire nutrients from plant-based food by fermenting it in a specialized stomach prior to digestion, principally through bacterial actions. The process typically requires regurgitation of fermented ingesta (known as cud), and chewing it again. The process of rechewing the cud to further break down plant matter and stimulate digestion is called ‘Rumination’.”
So what does this have to do with Big Ox? Well, our anaerobic digestion systems are a lot like those of cattle—which includes dairy cattle, and, of course, the ox. The tank in which our bacteria go to work is very much like the rumen, which is the first stomach of ruminant animals. Without the critical processes that happen in this first stage of anaerobic digestion, the technology simply wouldn’t work.
So, to make a short story short, our name is a tribute to the animals who ‘invented’ the anaerobic digestion technology we use to recycle food waste. While the bacteria may have started the trend hundreds of millions of years ago, the noble ruminants figured out how to generate the methane that makes our process economically viable.
So, our hats off to the ruminants, and in particular, to the workhorse (no insult intended) of the bunch, the cart pulling, slow-but-steady, mighty ox.