Well this explains all the HGTV/Food Network/restaurant stories regarding the use of shipping containers. There are a whole lot of shipping containers that have no use for shipping stuff and so are being taken over by the housing industry, farmers and restaurants.
On episodes of Tiny Houses on HGTV you'll see a shipping container turned into a home. Some urban restaurants have begun opening in these as well. I do believe I've read that somewhere in St. Louis has a new eatery in a former shipping container.
But now farmers and local produce growers have taken a liking to using them as well. They can be insulated against heat or cold, have planting shelves hung inside with good lighting and vegetables grown anywhere all year long. Arctic or desert or plain old midwest. The new term is vertical farming or urban farming and uses the hydroponic method of growing lettuces and other produce.
One DC food guy is trying to get these going out there and said, "These things fit in back alleys." Ha. So true, but watch out for the zoning people.