Google the phrase “girl power” and you’ll read about empowerment, confidence and strengthening relationships. Search “boy power” and you’re likely to find information about a recliner, a superhero comic or hip-hop radio show.
Mack Traynor hopes agricultural byproducts, such as wheat straw, will someday be considered a cash crop. Traynor, who was born and raised in Fargo, is CEO of Ultra Green Packaging, a Plymouth, Minn.-based company that buys those byproducts from farmers and turns them into eco-friendly pizza boxes, takeout containers and other paper-like products.
It starts off as a seemingly healthy habit: eating more vegetables and avoiding foods with artificial colors, preservatives, unhealthy fats, sugars or added salt. But what starts out as the desire to improve one’s diet can cross a line into a risky behavior with the potential for deadly consequences.