The Travels of a Cashew

We seem to be going nuts for cashews. You can see below that the U.S. and India are eating the most. We like our nuts as a snack, in protein bars and as cashew milk. In India, a growing middle…

How a Cherry Orchard is About More Than Fruit

Representing far more than the agricultural labor force, a cherry orchard in Washington state displays the complexities of changing labor markets.

Why Robots Will Pick Our Produce

Increasingly mechanized, farms first used simple capital, next motorized machines, then giant combines and now robots for produce to increase productivity.

What UPS Learned from Henry Ford

Because free shipping creates pressure on retailers to send parcels more cheaply, UPS has had to lower costs by increasing processing productivity.

Downton Abbey Economics: Downstairs

Like a business affected by a structural change in the economy, the world was shifting downstairs at Downton Abbey. The “business” was run by Mr. Carson, the butler, and Mrs. Hughes, the head housekeeper, while Daisy, the scullery maid, was at…