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1989 grape cyanide incident even more surreal now

Only we few insiders in the produce industry know the grapes in the retail market where we shop come from Chile in the winter. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it is safe to say most U.S.... Read more.

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Drought; as bad as you think

The actual California drought is not getting any better. But the dollar losses predicted earlier may have overstated drought’s effect. News reports today indicates that economic losses from the drought could... Read more.

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Where have all the greeters (and cashiers) gone?

When I used to go into Wal-Mart, there was one thing I could always count on, and I don’t mean low prices (that too, I suppose - but not ridiculously low like Aldi). Every time those electric... Read more.

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NAFTA 20 years later: Are we better off today?

It has been more than 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect, and there are several online stories looking back in retrospective fashion at the trade treaty. A USA Today... Read more.

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