A worker adds edible gold to thyme honey at the Stayia Farm factory in Chalkida, on the island of Evia, Greece. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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If necessity is the mother of invention, eight years of a crippling recession and dwindling work prospects has compelled at least some Greeks to reboot, switch professions and innovate to survive.Dimitris Hatzirodos, whose spearguns retail between 450 and 1,500 euros ($500-$1,650), said the crisis is forcing Greeks to think outside the box.More than 400,000 Greeks have emigrated abroad since the country's financial crisis started in 2009 .From a small workshop on Syros the couple started with a production of 350 pairs a year.In Evoia, in the heart of the Greek countryside, Yannis Karypidis and Stevi Theodorou administer beehives left by Theodorou's grandfather. Last year they sold 60,000 jars of organic honey. The product retails at between 35 and 50 euros overseas.Therrios and Vakondiou used crowd funding – mostly raised through Greek donations – to get started.
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