Every time I make a run to Costco, I buy a bag of these. So do a lot of people. They are tasty, durable, and colorful. I wonder where they come from? There's a Canadian connection somewhere, since the packaging is bilingual -- French and English. But they claim to be a product of the USA and California grown at that.
It turns out the Oppy stands for the Oppenheimer Group. This agricultural conglomerate owns SunSelect, a greenhouse grower whose facilities in Tehachapi, CA are the source of the peppers.
Oppy has been in the sustainable agriculture business for decades. But apparently there is a new wave of indoor agriculture coming soon according to an article in the environmental magazine Grist, which bills itself as "a source of intelligent, irreverent environmental news and commentary."
Writer Heather Smith describes the projects of one indoor agricultural start-up which achieves many efficiencies, yet still finds itself producing for niche markets of the affluent. There are still transportation costs and fuel costs -- the problems that have always made availability of good food about so much more than quantities grown.
My peppers may not be helping combat carbon emissions as much as some visionaries have hoped; but like Smith, I'm fond of them.