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Pulitzer Center Update July 18, 2019

This Week: Lab-Grown Meat

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The threats of a growing population and climate change, in addition to poverty and conflict, mean...

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California startups are growing meat from animal cells. United States, 2019.
California startups are growing meat from animal cells. United States, 2019.

The Future of Meat Production

Melanie Saltzman

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.

OxyContin bottles sit on a counter in Ogden, Utah. Image by PureRadiancePhoto / Shutterstock.com. United States, 2018.
OxyContin bottles sit on a counter in Ogden, Utah. Image by PureRadiancePhoto / Shutterstock.com. United States, 2018.

The World's Leading Supplier of Legal Opioids

Peter Andrey Smith

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.

Rapides Parish treasurer Bruce Kelly. Image by M. Scott Mahaskey for Politico Magazine. United States, 2019.<br />
Rapides Parish treasurer Bruce Kelly. Image by M. Scott Mahaskey for Politico Magazine. United States, 2019.

How a Criminal Justice Reform Became an Enrichment Scheme

Jessica Pishko

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.

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In the battle against pain, the global demand for legal opiates derived from the poppy plant has...

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In Louisiana, speeding drivers receive a ticket telling them to mail $175 directly to the district...

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