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SPAM: American Icon, Global Obsession

People eat SPAM on every continent, including Antarctica. How much? 12.8 cans every second. Hormel keeps adding new flavors, like SPAM Teriyaki and SPAM Chorizo, to whet global appetites. Thanks to international trade, SPAM finds itself the centerpiece of comfort foods all over the world.

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Adding Value to the Cambodian Economy Every 374.41 Seconds

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is usually measured in the millions, billions, and trillions. In this Cambodian shoe factory, the value to workers and their community can be measured every 374.41 seconds.

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Chemistry

Science Education Without Borders

Chilean EdTech start-up, Lab4U, created apps that enable students lacking access to equipment in labs to conduct science experiments using their phones. Demand from abroad encouraged them to scale internationally.

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American Medical Technologies Have a Good Image Overseas, and That’s Good for American Jobs

Imaging software paired with sophisticated diagnostic equipment offers an amazingly detailed, 3D look inside the human body. Medical innovations support well-paying jobs in every state, from sonographers to medical software developers to medical equipment repair technicians. Expanding sales worldwide is a prerequisite to sustaining growth in these American healthcare jobs.

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Jobs in Fashion You Didn’t Know Were Connected to Trade

When you think haute couture, you think of the fashion capitals of the world – Milan, Paris, New York, London, and Tokyo. Whether we're talking about runway gowns or graphic tees, the fashion industry is global. But did you know that an average 70 percent of your clothes are "Made in America"?

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Trade in Full Bloom

More than half of the world’s cut flowers still pass through auction houses in The Netherlands before reaching your local floral shop or grocery. That's starting to change. Digital trade and lower transportation costs are helping developing countries like Colombia, Kenya, Ecuador and Ethiopia sell directly to buyers and blossom in global flower trade.

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How America Keeps on Trucking

On October 20, 2016, a shipment of 50,000 cans of Budweiser beer arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after traveling 120 miles across the state on I-25 from the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Fort Collins. Driverless trucks will someday revolutionize shipping, with the potential to lower costs and improve safety. But what will happen to trucking jobs?

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Escherichia Coli Bacteria

Trading Globally from My Dorm Room

You probably know the stories of college student entrepreneurs who made it big, from Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook and Bill Gates' Microsoft, to the founders of Dell, Google, and Yahoo. I might not walk among these giants, but in the early 1990s, I ran a small biomedical supply company — out of my dorm room, where we managed to go global.

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How Some Babies Breathe Easier from Trade

MTTS Asia’s husband and wife co-founders set out to meet a healthcare gap in Vietnam, but they soon found they needed to scale by selling greater volumes in more markets. They are working to overcome non-tariff barriers to break into markets like India where low-cost innovative medical technologies are most needed.

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Batik Bags Carry Opportunities for Malaysian Artisans

After moving to Kuala Lumpur from Texas, Amy met Ana, a single mother who was looking for more income to support her family. After discovering that Ana was a skilled seamstress, the two bought some fabric with a batik print, a traditional style that uses an ancient dyeing technique, which Ana then transformed into aprons, tote bags and other crafts.

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