Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc., is publicly-traded on the OTC QB Market: BNET
This is a game-changer
Former Executive Deputy Secretary of Programs
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Bion is a public company (OTC QB: BNET) whose mission is to provide sustainable environmental and economic solutions to the food and livestock industry and investment returns to its shareholders. Bion’s proven technology provides comprehensive treatment of livestock waste that largely eliminates its environmental impacts, while simultaneously recovering valuable assets from the waste stream, including renewable energy, nutrients, and clean water, that have traditionally been wasted or underutilized.
Direct treatment of livestock waste can provide high-impact and cost-effective improvements to a number of our Nation’s air, water and public health challenges. Climate change, toxic algae blooms, and groundwater contamination have been directly tied to large-scale livestock production. Many in the livestock industry have made it clear they are ready to be engaged – with proven technologies like Bion’s, agriculture is poised to deliver dramatic and low-cost solutions to some of these pressing environmental issues.
Advanced resource recovery also represents a much-needed cleantech solution for the $175 billion meat, egg and dairy industry that can significantly improve production economics. The technology platform creates new revenue sources and opportunities for the producer. Nutrients are converted to high-value fertilizer coproducts; the platform was designed to produce organic fertilizer products that will command a significantly higher price over synthetics. Pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (biogas) will be produced that can be used as a transportation fuel, qualifying for significant renewable energy credits.
The livestock industry is under intense scrutiny from consumer and advocacy groups, regulatory agencies, and even industry investors. Consumers are increasingly demanding improved sustainability in the products they purchase; the animal protein industry, especially dairy and beef, has already lost market share to plant protein-based substitutes. Cultured (lab-grown) meat and other alternatives are on the horizon. Bion’s technology and business model offer an industry response to the ‘anti-meat’ messaging: meaningful sustainability from the existing supply chain.
Bion’s 3G platform verifies the environmental benefits it delivers, as well as energy- and resource-efficiency improvements, in order to satisfy EPA and other agency requirements. This same verification process will support a sustainable brand, certified by the USDA’s Process-Verified-Program (PVP), the gold standard in food certifications. That brand can be communicated to the consumer generally, through advertising, or directly, at the point of sale, with product-specific data. Bion previously achieved conditional approval from USDA for the reduced carbon, nutrient, and pathogen footprint resulting from its second generation technology (pending resubmission and final inspections) and has begun the application process with the 3G platform.
Production agriculture, environmental necessities and raw economics are coming together like never before. Companies on the cutting edge of these efforts, like Bion, can change the entire way that farming and natural resource management have been done throughout our history.
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
An Untapped Opportunity
Today, there are approximately nine million dairy cows, 90 million beef cattle, 60 million swine and billions of poultry in the U.S. that produce 100 times more waste than our human population. We spend over $100B annually on clean water in the U.S., yet livestock waste is spread on our fields raw and untreated, and almost always upstream. According to a recent report by US EPA, more than 55 percent of the country’s rivers and streams are in poor biological health; the most widespread problem is excessive levels of nutrient pollution. Our state and federal clean water strategies, which all but exempt agriculture, are no longer capable of maintaining our Nation’s water quality.
The U.S. livestock industry must reduce its footprint, while improving its efficiencies, if it is to remain environmentally and economically sustainable in the modern world. Bion’s 3G tech platform can provide a pathway to true economic and environmental sustainability with ‘win-win’ benefits for at least a premium sector of the livestock industry, the environment, and the consumer.
The industry’s transition to improved sustainability has already begun; it represents an essentially untapped opportunity. Bion’s technology has been tested and proven in commercial applications for more than 25 years. Our third generation platform, coupled with our unique understanding of this new space, positions the Company to respond to the consumer-driven changes coming to the livestock industry and to capitalize on changes to our country’s clean water strategies that have already begun.
The farming community has long awaited this important opportunity, which allows the financing and installation of new technologies to reduce the amount of nutrients flowing into our Nation’s watersheds. The proposed legislation to implement a competitive bidding process for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is cutting-edge public policy and will lead to improved water management with lower costs to the citizens.
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Governor of North Dakota
Bion Executive Vice Chairman