June 8 - As unemployment soars and wages drop, increasing numbers of Greeks are leaving the cities to find work on the land. Reuters' Axel Threlfall tracked down former Athens real-estate broker Olga Palavidou who started her own organic bee farm in the Peloponnese mountains.
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