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A portable turbine powers cell phones. Front yards feed communities.

And now a Canadian startup is using containers (assuming they aren’t already hotels) to cultivate mushrooms.

14 different strains are available, including exotic varieties such as oyster, lion’s mane or shiitake mushrooms. Straight from the container to the kitchen, minus the delivery routes and exhaust fumes.

In future, local farms will be able to operate the solar-powered containers at 4,000 North American parking lots without running water.

The mushrooms grow on nutrient-rich substrates such as old coffee grounds and coconut fibres (also suitable for football shirts).

Humidity, meanwhile, comes from a 100 gallon water tank inside. Used substrates serve as compost or animal feed.

Roofs can be hyper-local too.

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