California local governments pay about $40 billion each year in public-employee salaries. CIR pulled together records from 2008 to 2012 across the state to give you a better picture of how your money is spent.
Demand for animal protein is surging, and so are the environmental costs of producing it. So researchers in the Netherlands are exploring alternatives to livestock, from insects to faux cuts of beef to lab-grown meat.
Efforts to encourage greater use of food resources growing within the city are taking root in Seattle. It’s part of a movement to bring urban foraging from the margins to the mainstream as a hedge against climate change and food insecurity.