Farmers and consumers come together online over veggies
Apps and startups are letting farmers set their own prices and create direct contacts with supermarkets and restaurants, creating niche markets that also reduces the time it takes for produce to get from field to table.
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Warmer, thinner, more innovative jackets
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How to make pure, synthetic quartz
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Electronic community currencies keep it local
Local communities are experimenting with their own electronic currencies, allowing residents and visitors to pay for everyday things more efficiently, and adopting these systems at a pace much faster than was thought possible a few years ago.
Companies rally behind disabled athletes
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Recycling excess inventories
Sometimes excess inventory can't be helped. But offloading this excess is hard to do without lowering the value of the overall product. But one company has found a way to do just that.