What North Korean Workers Did With Their Choco Pies

While the North Korean economy is centrally planned, the Choco Pie is a tiny example of the how a market system develops.

Why Tomatoes Require Tradeoffs

About much more than sauces and salads, tomato tradeoffs take us to science and supermarkets, history and trade agreements.

Why a Lifetime Pasta Pass is About More Than Spaghetti

The unlimited pasta that Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Pass winners consume reflects a massive change in marginal utility.

How Legos Discovered It’s Not Easy to be Green

If we want our Legos to match, attach, and detach, we might have to wait awhile for them to develop the appropriate bio-based plastic.

Why Maine Says It’s Forgotten

Somewhat invisible, China’s tariff impact on Maine lobsters can be seen through a supply chain that even includes massive amounts of rubber bands.

An Avocado Update

Moving from Mexican farms to New York City restaurants, avocado prices will be affected by new tariffs that create supply chain disruptions.

More of Our Sad Soybean Saga

Hearing it directly from a soybean farmer, we can learn the impact of China’s retaliatory tariff on U.S. farmers and of U.S. subsidies.

Ice Cream Economics

Whether it’s Ooey Gooey Butter Cake or Salted Crack Caramel, your flavor is a part of the ice cream economics of an ultra-premium creamery.

The Lay’s Potato Chip Lawsuit

Lay’s Potato Chips became more than a snack when PepsiCo decided that a group of nine Indian farmers should not grow its special potatoes.

The Rise and Fall of the Subway Five Dollar Footlong

The Subway footlong might never have been a foot long. Six years ago, an Australian teenager posted on Facebook a picture of his 11-inch Subway Footlong. Feeling cheated (I guess), two New Jersey guys sued, others followed, and we wound…