By 2023, Berkeley hopes to create a new model for a citywide system of reusable to-go containers for all food, not just drinks (the stainless steel cups, it should be noted, can be used for soda, smoothies, and other drinks, not just coffee). “That has spurred a lot of interest from entrepreneurs,” says Hahn. “I think a lot of times when we are trying to make these transitions that we have to make for our local communities and for the planet, people think of it in terms of hardship.” City staff is working with restaurants, and providing small grants, to help make the transition easier. But she says that it can also lead to new businesses. “People really need to think of these things as opportunities for innovation.” … [Read more...] about At a growing number of coffee shops, getting a coffee to go means checking out a cup
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It’s likely now that many more products will begin to come to market, both from startups and larger companies. Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat producers, plans to introduce plant-based meats this year. Most types of meat and seafood still don’t have realistic plant-based alternatives. “Over the next 10 years, we’re going to see a whole bunch of new brands, new products, and technologies that just didn’t exist five years ago,” says Andrew Ive, managing general partner of Big Idea Ventures, a venture firm that is launching a new accelerator later this year in New York City and Singapore to help bring some of those brands to market. As that change happens, he says, it will have a meaningful benefit for the environment. “It’s a big opportunity. And the great thing about it is that if we do our job right, and we deliver a lot of delicious foods that just happen to not have animal protein or animal byproducts in them, it has … [Read more...] about Can plant-based meat grow from a $1 billion industry to a $20 billion industry?
Next, I found my book in the online catalog of the National Library and Archives Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Its presence there hinted that someone official had approved the translation, despite the text featuring the aforementioned risqué elements that, I imagined, would have a hard time escaping the red pen of a religious censor. Forget the aforementioned alcohol chapter, which you could vaporize with a few clicks; the text is riddled with potentially questionable riffs like this one: “The only reason Vitellius, Commodus, Nero, or any other imperial miscreants didn’t drive a Bentley into a hotel pool at the climax of a cocaine-fueled bender is that Rome fell centuries before the creation of the internal combustion engine or hard drugs.” … [Read more...] about An Iranian Publisher Ripped Off My Satirical Nonfiction Book