Archive: Sep 2011

Organic Certification Requirements

Organic food is known to be free of pesticides, preservatives and genetic enhancements. The food is not only guaranteed to be free of these items, they are regulated and tested by government agencies and individual accrediting organizations to ensure that they are. ‘USDA Organic’ certification is a way that consumers can distinguish true organic foods…

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Things to keep in mind for your hybrid car

In many ways, the hybrid car and its gas-powered predecessor are very similar. In fact, the similarities make the transition to a hybrid vehicle a smooth one. Both hybrid and gas vehicles are powered and propelled by a fuel, engine and battery system. This system must be maintained through oil changes, tune-ups and other forms…

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Talk of The Nation on the State of the Manufacturing Industry

From NPR’s Talk of the Nation: 100 years ago, you know, I think it was about 90 percent of Americans worked in agriculture. Now, it’s down to two percent, and yet we produce far much more food than we did 100 years ago. And manufacturing is going through that same type of an evolution right…

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Lessons from a Continental Parts Shortage

In August 2011, the makers of the well-known Peugeot automobile experienced a production standstill due to the shortage of a very small but essential part—the screw. The automaker needed specific screws for its bumpers, brakes and other components. The supplier of the parts, the Agrati Group, had a simple explanation for the shortage. The company…

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