Josh Smith: Changing the way American children are fed

Scientists have found a way to grow crops in greenhouses and use the power of the sun simultaneously. There is new technology that has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by using special pink glass that controls the temperatures inside. The pink glass panels are called Wavelength Selective Photovoltaic Systems and are used on the roof of the greenhouse and are embedded with magenta luminescent dye. Using these panels generates solar electricity to control the temperature in the greenhouse, making it possible to use less energy. Greenhouses use a lot of energy because it is expensive to not only keep them lit but to also control the temperature. Using this new discovery, pink-paneled greenhouses could help with sustainability an offer a food system that requires far less energy.

Modular Greenhouses has a mission to bring gardening programs to every primary and secondary school in America by 2025. Their CEO and founder, Josh Smith, has a passion to help children by giving them the right nourishment when they are developing. “He believes it is an absolute travesty that children are fed junk food during the most developmental years of their lives and is committed 100% to shifting this systemic issue.” Smith, from Reno Nevada, has 15 years of start-up experience and knows how to motivate and propel a team that with ensure the company dominates the greenhouse market in the next few years. Smith is dedicated to change the way American children are fed so that they can develop healthily.

Josh Smith studied at the University of Nevada, Reno and is a serial entrepreneur. He has been involved in many different start-ups in the wellness and technology fields. Josh Smith founded his company when he realized there were no cost effective, easy to build or durable personal greenhouses. Modular Greenhouses’ headquarters are based in Reno, Nevada.

OSI Group: Leaders In The Food Supply Industry

The OSI Group is one of the largest suppliers of food products in the U.S. The business, which started as OSI Industries, had its name changed to OSI Group in 2004. With over 65 facilities in operation all over the globe, the company has continued to see steady growth, and it received a high ranking on the Forbes list in 2016 due to its annual revenue of $6.1 billion.

OSI supplies meat products to restaurants like McDonald’s, Subway, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza and Starbucks. These products include, beef patties, hot dogs, pizza, poultry and breakfast sausage, as well as fish, pork, vegetables and dough. With factories operating in 17 countries, OSI has about 20,000 employees who process their private label and major brand foods.

The company was founded in Aurora, Illinois in 1909 by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky who first opened a family meat market in the Oak Park area of the state 2 years after moving to America, naming it simply Otto and Sons by 1928. He later relocated his business to a Chicago suburb and moved into the wholesale trading category for expansion, and this move helped lead him to more financial success and recognition in the meat industry.

OSI Group is committed to providing fresh and safe food products by using good quality assurance standards, as well as more environmentally friendly, or green, practices in its processing procedures. Due to the company’s continued growth in the industry, its CEO and Chairman, Sheldon Lavin, received the Global Visionary Award in 2016, which he said he felt both honored and humbled to be given.

The company acquired the former Chicago-based Tyson Food production plant in 2016 for a price of $7.4 million, offering the Tyson employees jobs in their business after the acquisition. OSI also bought food processing companies in Europe, gaining a stake in the German-based business called Baho Foods. OSI’s headquarters is in Illinois, but it has many other factories in the U.S. in places like Utah, Iowa, Wisconsin, and California cities, Oakland and Riverside.

The company has come a long way since first being given the opportunity to supply beef patties for the popular food chain McDonald’s back in the 1950s, and Chairman Sheldon Lavin said that he hopes to be able to see steady growth within the business, which he feels is a company that will still be around long after he’s gone.

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