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Fair trade is one window through which Bulgarians can participate as a buyer and seller of niche products. Consumers here are getting a taste of fair trade coffee through Starbucks’ opening of several new stores this year.
Factory farming has not taken hold yet in Bulgaria. Any farms collectivized during the Communist era has been returned to families. The results are wonderful: fragrant peppers, cool cucumbers, luscious tomatoes...
Stamen Grigorov, a Bulgarian student of medicine in Swtzerland, discovered the rod-shaped bacteria in yogurt over 100 years ago, and yogurt's popularity has soared ever since.
When you think about ecotourism, visits to the Costa Rica rain forest or an exotic Thailand beach comes to mind. Eastern Europe, especially the Balkans, are far off the radar. But Ecotourism Serbia is working to combine conservancy with protection of its country’s historical and cultural heritage.
Organic farming may seem to be a luxury for now in Kosovo, but this fledgling republic is ripe for such a change. Beekeeping is a start with the help of Mercy Corps.
Macedonian families have shaped ceramics for generations, and during the post-war socialist years, ceramics factories were churning out products constantly. The economic transition closed many of those factories, but many workshops opened, and created beautiful wares that are an important facet of Macedonian culture.
The debate over fair trade and social entrepreneurship often focuses on Asia, Africa, and Latin America. But there is another region rich in culture, beautiful landscapes, hard-working people, and great products: Southeastern Europe, often referred to as the Balkans. We start today with Albania and its organic farming future.
Like other European states, Montenegro has suffered from its share of pollution and kindred environmental problems. At the same time, its mountainous terrain is packed with recreational opportunities, from its stunning coast to idyllic mountains. One town that could see a surge in tourism is Mojkovac, only 65 miles from the nation's capital, Podgorica.
Some Albanians even think the bunkers dating from Hoxha's regime should stay, and therefore oppose erasing this chapter in their history, even if it had been a bleak period. And one entrepreneur even turned one into a bistro. Tourists, meanwhile, are often curious about odd little domes.