Mexico's tomato farmers have found great success sending their products to the United States since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agency 20 years ago. But it's come at a cost to Florida's tomato growers.
When NAFTA was passed two decades ago, critics hailed it as a boon for the American economy. Critics assailed it and said it would cost American jobs. While it's hard to say who was right, in Michigan's car towns, many workers feel left out of any boom.
States are competing against each other with tax incentives in the battle for jobs. But once incentives are given out, some are finding it impossible to determine whether they're getting any return on their investment.
Sometimes, nature knows the best way to solve a problem. There's a beetle that lives in a part of the world where less than .5 inches of rain fall per year. So the beetle draws water from the air, and now a businessman is trying to harness that idea to create, among other things, a self-filling water bottle.
New York City drivers face new restrictions on when they may buy gas as the region deals with a major fuel shortage, an enduring problem from Hurricane Sandy's tear through the area. So far, reports are that the rationing system is cutting lines at filling stations, making it easier to get the gas that is available.
With major natural disasters coming more often, the insurance industry is looking at how it needs to change its rates and formulas account for this new volatility. It's just one more reflection of changing climates.
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which shutdown several hospitals in New York City, attention is being focused on a national movement among hospitals to make themselves more sustainable, to save money, but also more self-sufficient, in these changing environmental times.
Disney has become the latest company to vow to eliminate non-sustainable paper products from its operations, wherever possible. That includes in its book publishing, an area where up until two years ago all of the publishers used virgin paper, often coming from rain forests.
The United States needs to focus less on building U.S. manufacturing jobs, a laudable goal to be sure, and more on retaining the entrepreneurs that are educated in her universities. That's the argument author Vivek Wadhwa makes and he says the solution is simple: more visas.
Women across the Middle East are stepping into the workforce and into the entrepreneur force, and the turmoil of the economic spring is in some ways making that possible. Women face barriers to professional growth across the Arab world, and being their own bosses helps alleviate that.