Two California startups are working to perfect meat grown from animal cells as a sustainable and humane replacement for factory meat production. But with a single lab-grown chicken nugget costing $100 and technical and regulatory challenges to overcome, “cell-based” meat still has a way to go before achieving scale. Melanie Saltzman reports in the ongoing Pulitzer Center-supported “Future of Food” series for PBS NewsHour.
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Global pharmaceutical companies need a legal supply of poppies to mass produce prescription opioids like OxyContin. Thanks to a regulatory loophole, Tasmania has become “the nucleus of the global opioid supply chain,” pushing aside traditional suppliers like India and Afghanistan. Peter Andrey Smith traveled to the remote Australian island state to report a Pulitzer Center-supported story for Pacific Standard.
Originally conceived as criminal justice reform, so-called pretrial diversions allow people accused of non-violent crimes to pay fines to avoid jail time. But as one Louisiana parish treasurer discovered, prosecutors are using the fines to divert funds from local governments and enrich their own offices. Jessica Pishko reports in a Pulitzer Center-supported investigation for Politico Magazine.