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The Team

We are on a mission to accelerate the transition towards sustainable food systems.

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Our Story

It all started with a question. “How might we feed 1,7 billion additional people on our planet in 2050, with the same limited resources we have today?“

To answer this question one of our founders (Simon) traveled to the UK to explore the urban gardening movement. After visiting 16 different projects from urban gardening, to rooftop farms and large scale indoor farming companies, he came back with three key insights. (Read full report here)

First of all, this challenge can only be solved if many people collaboratively work towards the same goal. He also realised that urban gardens are great for community building and educating people about food, but not to feed large amounts of people. However, large scale indoor farms are exactly the opposite. They  produce food efficiently but do not contribute to community building or educating people.

The original idea was to bridge that gap. After the initial start as a student project in 2019 we founded Susteyn a year later. Office Farms are efficient in producing food, while offering the community aspect and connecting co-workers.

About the global problems:

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What’s wrong with out current food system?

We keep growing as a human population. In 2050, we will need to feed 1.7 billion additional people. Yet our planet doesn’t grow - it has finite ressources, that we need to treat carefully.

The global use of resources like water and land is inefficient degrading natural environments and not maximising the amount of people we could feed. More than 70% if our global fresh water resources are used for agriculture (FAO. 2020. The State of Food and Agriculture 2020. Overcoming water challenges in agriculture. Rome.) and about one third of the land that is estimated to be to some degree arable is already used. (Alexandratos, N. and J. Bruinsma. 2012. World agriculture towards 2030/2050: the 2012 revision. ESA Working paper No. 12-03. Rome, FAO.(4.2.2))

Even without a growing population our food system today is not sustainable.

Biodiversity Loss and land degradation

Biodiversity for food and agriculture is indispensable to food security and sustainable development. It supplies many vital ecosystem services, such as creating and maintaining healthy soils, pollinating plants, controlling pests and providing habitat for wildlife, including for fish and other species that are vital to food production and agricultural livelihoods.

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