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Portugal revives once-booming salt industry - International Herald Tribune

OLHÃO, Portugal: In the early 1990s, João Navalho, a microbiologist fresh out of graduate school, came to the salt marshes in the Algarve region with a handful of young partners to grow and harvest microalgae. Their dream was to market the algae's beta-carotene as natural orange dye for the fast-growing organic food market.

The business foundered; the 15 heactares, or 37 acres, of marshes, known as salinas, became a garbage dump for residents in this pocket of southern Portugal who did not know what else to do with their outmoded kitchen appliances. After years of frustrated effort, the partners suddenly changed course.

"We looked around and said, 'We're stupid!"' Navalho recalled. "We have a lot of land here. What we should do with the salinas is produce salt!"

They asked the elderly locals for someone who might remember how to harvest salt the old way: by hand, as it was done here before industrialization made it cheap and plentiful, and small salt works fell into desuetude.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 04:22:14 PM EST
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desuetude (désuet). Excellent!

The legal and economic doctrines came to my attention when AR inquired about the political consequences of Treasury office election. Long story short:


pdf, Hardvard Law Review, judicial abrogation of unenforced ("dead-letter") statutes, separation of powers

Bankman, USC: "The law changes, economic conditions change, taxpayers have less incentive to take aggressive positions, and the common law doctrines fall into relative desuetude."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 06:23:59 PM EST
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