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Volume 21, No.4, Winter 2003

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A Taste Of Mexico

Watch your step, Starbucks. Indigenous farmers from Chiapas, Mexico, are opening cafes in Europe, the United States, and Mexico. Started in 1997 by a group of Mexican small investors and a nonprofit organization of peasant coffee farmers, Cafe La Selva (The Jungle Cafe in English) is winning customers in the world of gourmet coffee whileContinue reading "A Taste Of Mexico"

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A Scrappy Company

As you gaze out over the shiny hood of your brand new Lincoln Town Car, you might be looking at a hunk of scrap metal. Ford Motor Co. has spent years seeking an efficient, cost-effective system to reuse aluminum scraps. The results are in now, showing savings of up to 40 percent for high qualityContinue reading "A Taste Of Mexico"

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Teeing Off On Pollutants

Researchers at Purdue University say that water hazards on golf courses can do a lot more than provide a challenge to players. They can remove a host of pollutants and improve water quality. A study of wetlands built on the university’s reconstructed Kampen Golf Course shows that water is trapped and cleaned by golf courseContinue reading "A Taste Of Mexico"

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The Lure Of The Jungle

Slash-and-burn agriculture has long been a way of life for farmers living in forested areas of the Dominican Republic. Maltiano Moreta, president of the Ecological Society, noticed that the steady destruction of forests near Cachote was also eradicating habitat for endemic bird species such as the Hispaniolan parakeet, parrot, and trogon. He persuaded local farmersContinue reading "A Taste Of Mexico"

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