Entrepreneurs use opportunities to satisfy needs. To do so, they need resources, raw materials from which products and services are created. The BE Group does both in a systemically sustainable way: it often uses supposed waste as a starting point for new business models; and it focuses on livelihoods. A major focus is on nutrition, as this is the source of 30-40% of our ecological footprint. Precious mushrooms, for example, are now grown on coffee grounds in a dozen European countries, after Chido’s mushrooms pioneered the model in Berlin in 2010.
StadtFarm produces fish, vegetables and tropical fruits in urban areas, i.e. close to the consumer, with less than a fifth of the conventional ecological footprint. Food has a complex value chain that is difficult for consumers to understand. From seeds to breeding under optimal conditions, then the cold chain via several trade and logistics partners. Today, all this requires sensor technology, data and machine learning.
BE Bots develop not only tailor-made automation for agriculture 4.0 and block-chain-based goods flows, but also robots that can take over 24/7, e.g. pest monitoring and control. But for food to flourish in the fields, our soils must become healthy and sustainable again. Soil recarbonisation is achieved by means of activated carbon – obtained from residual wood and green waste that has no place in composting plants. Carbon Loop Technologies has developed an unbeatably efficient pyrolysis method that produces carbon so cheaply that it can be used everywhere.