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The SUSTAinable South

Southern farmers and manufacturers of agricultural products are passionate about providing safe, wholesome and affordable food and farm products to consumers around the world. Embracing science and innovation makes it possible to meet global demand, keep food affordable and ensure that it is produced in the ways that are most sustainable – both environmentally and economically.

The commitment to quality, safety, environmental stewardship, science, and sustainability is upheld every day by Southern producers. Here are some of their stories.

Grain4Grain (San Antonio, Texas)


When a 6-pack of beer is brewed, it uses approximately 1 pound of grain, which in turn leaves behind brewers spent grain (BSG) that makes up 85 percent of brewing waste. To put this into perspective, in the US alone, approximately 20 billion pounds of BSG are produced every year. With such large quantities of BSG, breweries have spent decades attempting to develop a way to capitalize on this resource. A couple years ago Grain4Grain, a San Antonio-based FoodTech startup, developed a patent pending process that dries and mills byproducts, specifically BSG, into a low carb, high protein flour. Their innovative methodology also allows them to upcycle spent grain in under 20 minutes, down from the conventional 6 hours. This product and process provide an incredibly healthy and sustainable ingredient at affordable prices to consumers and product makers. In 2021, Grain4Grain became a SUSTA participant. Co-founder Yoni Medhin is excited about the opportunity to get these sustainable products into the hands of people around the world!

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All Y'alls Foods (Aubrey, Texas)

All Yall Foods

As a native Texan, Brett Christoffel grew up eating plenty of meat and even more dairy products without giving it a second thought. Brett decided to adjust his eating habits, which led to start of All Y’alls Foods, a line of plant-based jerkies, in May of 2018. Brett understands that real sustainability in food supply includes plants. They make their snacks from whole non-GMO soybeans while also using some of the finest ingredients available to make It’s Jerky Y’all & It’s Big Crunchy Bacony Bits Y’all. Their jerky products also have no cholesterol or saturated animal fat with low sugar and sodium and are not a class 1 or 2 carcinogen. Whether a person is wanting to improve their health, cause no harm to animals or wants to improve the earth’s health, plants are the primary focus behind creating a solution to real sustainability.

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