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The Size of Restaurant Garbage Piles as Economic Indicators

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Forbes' recent article about "clever economic indicators" included sort of obvious things like high-end Champagne consumption and people getting haircuts, but it also included chefs choosing microgreens over mesclun greens ("Micro-green demand is now off just 5% from 2007 levels") and the size of restaurant garbage piles as a visual and public indicator that people are eating out again: "not from what people have eaten, it's from what you use to make the food."

· Fifteen Uncommonly Clever Economic Indicators [Forbes]