At the Port of Oakland there are massive cranes sitting there that are veritable money-printing machines. As ships coming from Asia dock in the San Francisco Bay, these industrial behemoths quickly usher goods-bearing containers off the deck and onto land. Modern container ships are filled with thousands of containers. At peak efficiency, a single crane can remove about 40 of these per hour — and for each one they unload, companies moving containerized cargo are charged a terminal handling fee of around $300.
Nature creates its own packaging for perishable foodstuffs. Most fruits and vegetables come pre-packaged in delicious edible containers. The biomedical engineer who came up with huffable food, David Edwards, is now developing customized edible containers for all kinds of food, from juice to wine to chocolate.