Tuesday, June 02, 2020

General FAQ


1. Why is it called "Be-1"?
The name stands for "Bio-Enhanced One," i.e. nutrients and microbial-focused ingredients all in one product. Credit also goes to our developers, who spent a little too much time in the lab.  We are not a team of high-powered marketers. We place our focus on contents of the bag.

2. What is the OMRI Listed logo?
OMRI is internationally-recognized as the strictest certification authorities for inputs (fertilizers, pesticides, additives, etc.) used in organic products and is the first ISO 17065 organization accredited by the USDA. Inputs must be approved prior to use on a certified organic operation. Be-1 Organics - Pellets has been OMRI reviewed and approved for use under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), i.e. use OMRI certified inputs such as Be-1 and it will expedite the process for including the USDA "Organic" label on your product.

3. What amino acids are included?
Are you sure you are not our competitor?
30+ years of development and advances from two world-leading amino acid research labs is not easily disclosed. 

4. Is Be-1 organic certified in California?
Yes, Be-1 is registered as an Organic Input Material in California, another one of the strictest organic certifications to earn.  See half-way down page 12.

5. What micro-organisms are included?

The Be-1 Pellets are heat treated, so in short, there are no microorganisms included.  The pellets feed native microorganisms that are either already in your soil and/or your compost -or- that you add through standalone biological (inoculant) products.  Amino acids in Be-1 will help increase their numbers naturally and extremely efficiently.

A white saprophytic fungi will likely appear on your soil surface if the environment is right, especially humidity. 

6. I am an experienced master gardener and compost all the time. I really doubt I need your pellets. So why should I buy your pellets?
Indeed, results may be a bit harder to see, but visuals are just one metric...with our amino acids, you will be able to tell a difference in enhanced natural taste and scent, compared to compost alone and you should also still see a discernible difference in plant vigor, foliage thickness and contrasting colors. Again, the results of our amino acids.  Do not forget, the prime directive of Be-1 is microbes, so you will also notice your compost pile runs 5°F~10°F hotter, the effect of increased microbial activity. The implication of hotter compost is faster decay of organic matter, from several weeks to months. Who doesn't need that?

7. Can I add Be-1 with other products?
Yes, the pellets complement many other products. Although Be-1 has an NPK of 3-6-5, making it a great base, some plants may require more nutrients.

In compost teas applications, there are a number of great biological products available to boost your tea and many specific to different stages of growth.  We have found many of these to be terrific complements to Be-1.  Since Be-1 contains no microorganisms, so you depending upon your tea recipe, you will definitely want to add biology (bacteria, protozoa and mycorrhizal fungi) if your tea does not already have it.  

No matter what you grow, we typically like to add a seaweed or kelp-derived product every few months, just to add a variation in minerals.  We also suggest a little fish emulsion or even better fish hydrolysate and humic acid, humus or a good compost. 

8. When are you coming to my country/state?

Apparently, much more quickly than anticipated. Demand has exceeded expectations, so we are scaling up. Just look at some of those beautiful Be-1 fed plants around on the internet and you'll understand the reason why. So, check back often. Until we do get to your closest store, please find us on Amazon.

9. What about radiation from Fukushima?
Fukushima is in Northeast Japan. All Be-1 ingredients originate from the sea off the coast of Southwestern Japan. Therefore, a safe distance of between 900 and 1,800 miles southwest of Fukushima and upwind from the trade winds and ocean currents. Any fallout would travel all around the world before reaching Japan's southwest.  In other words, Be-1 is safe.

10. What about Bioremediation and Mycoremediation applications?
Bio-remediation is a growing field and we certainly expect to be a player.  We are currently working with researchers on using Be-1 to grow fungi for use in 1) biodegrading plastics, 2) turning biomass into bio-ethanol/biodiesel and 3) as as a nutrient-substrate for growing fungi that produce unique enzymes and may one day be the next penicillin.  Early indications are promising.
For further information, please send us an email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

11. I have peanut / seashell fish allergies. Can I still use Be-1?
The fertilizer does contain peanut meal and shrimp shell. They are a part of the input medium to grow plants, so we have never seen allergic reactions from foods grown with Be-1. However, if your allergies are severe, then you may want to take some care in handling Be-1 directly. Please read the label for a complete list of ingredients.

12. Vegetarians and Vegans
Be-1 pellets are made with shrimp shell that would have otherwise been thrown out.  Therefore, Be-1 is probably fine for most vegetarians, but if growing inputs are a consideration for your diet, then keep in mind that we do use two seafood derived products for their nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) content.

13. My dog ate my Be-1 Pellets!

Please be aware that the amino acids in Be-1 attracts pets. Be-1 should be kept out of reach of pets.
Still, however, numerous inquiries have asked, "what should be done after a pet eats the pellets?" Should your pet accidentally digest the pellets, watch your pet carefully and, if you notice any issues, immediately take your pet to the veterinarian.

To date, fortunately, no pet has been reported as becoming sick from eating Be-1. In fact, some sick pets actually got better from eating it, but please do not take the risk.

14. Do you have any other products?
Coming soon.

15. After adding Be-1, my tea is foaming like crazy.  How do I reduce the foam?
The foam is not necessarily a bad thing but could be an indicator of too much microbe food and the result of microorganisms interacting with the amino acids as they break down organic matter.  Please do not remove foam.  Just try to contain and stir it back into the brew. 

16. I tried Be-1, instead of my conventional fertilizer, but did not really see any change in my crops.
Believe it or not, that is great news! That means you went from using a conventional (unsustainable) salt-based fertilizer, to using an organic fertilizer and with no noticeable difference.

Perhaps more important than the visual. How did it taste? Admittedly, organic does not always make the best plastic-looking fruits or vegetables, but you can often taste the difference. When you switch to organic, you will often find an enhanced natural taste. At the same time, when you eat products grown with Be-1, you will often note an absence of a sourness, originating from Nitric Acid (HNO3), which is commonly used in conventional fertilizers, as well as explosives.

You may also notice that your edibles are crispier and may even have slightly longer shelf-life.  

17. We want to sell Be-1 in our shop, but How?
We are growing and happy to add more shops to the Be-1 family.  Send us an email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As for distributors, we prefer to be as close to our stores and customers as possible, and prefer to remain self-distributed, but thanks! 

18. Do Be-1 Pellets really help everything grow?
Yes, all vascular plants can benefit from more microbes.  The main benefit of the Be-1 is the amino acids increasing microbes that transform nutrients into plant absorbable form.  The amino acids also act as a chelating and complexing agent, i.e. amino acids attach to nutrients, resulting in nutrients being more efficiently absorbed by roots. 

The combination of increased microbes and more efficient absorption will help provide what the plant needs and nutrients in the pellets are typically sufficient.  However, the pellets alone may not not always enough.  In such cases, you can further amend with other organic nutrients or organic matter, e.g. compost.  We sometimes add micro-nutrients or trace minerals from seaweed, kelp or rock dust, just to give a bit more mineral variety than the pellets contain.  Therefore, think of the Be-1 pellets as an all purpose base, then you can add other nutrients, if necessary.       

19. I see your pellets are geared towards aerobic microbes and AACT compost teas .  What about anaerobic microbes, Bokashi, fermentation and teas?
Thanks to anaerobic microbes, we are able to ferment to get our amino acids.  Otherwise, yes - we do focus on aerobic microbes, but we have had great success with amino acids and Bokashi as well as ferments or other anaerobic inoculants. 

20. I use synthetic and salt-based fertilizer? Can I still benefit from incorporating your pellets into my regimen?
Short answer is "yes." In fact, you would could probably use less of your synthetics once you start using our pellets. Furthermore, the amino acids will chelate and complex the synthetic nutrients, so will make your synthetics more efficient.  One caveat is that you will likely have to use our pellets more frequently.  It is a tug-of-war, i.e. salts will kill microbes, and the pellets would increase...Why not just go organic?

21. Are the Pellets compatible with Korean Natural Farming (KNF)?
Yes. We ferment the amino acids in the pellets, the same way that Fish Amino Acids are made and long before the "KNF" was even a word. The difference is we have tested a variety of different sources to the point of even considering the source, but the best varieties and timing to harvest the sources.

22. Where are you located?
We have offices in Japan and the U.S.  In the U.S., we are located in Corvallis, Oregon, where Oregon State University is located.  Since it is a top ag university, we have terrific access to some of the world's top horticulturists, microbiologists, botanists, etymologists, plant pathologists, mycologists and everyone else that may have an interest in the environment and healthy plants.