The Vera Institute of Justice estimates that nearly 12 million people are admitted to jail every year. Many of these people are presumed innocent, but they continue to stay in the system. And the problem starts on a local level-with the jails. An initiative from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge is awarding 20 jurisdictions from across the country with grants that would allow them to work toward more effective solutions. Cook County is one of the recipients. And, we discuss GMOs becoming a stronger force in public conversation.
Last week three Congressmen and a chef reintroduced a house bill urging the federal government to label food made with genetically engineered ingredients. State initiatives to label these foods have gained steam in recent years, passing or narrowly failing in several states already. Illinois also has a pending bill. We ask, should Americans know if their food contains genetically engineered ingredients? Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo and Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio weigh in. Also, a look at the solar power industry in Illinois.
A recent Stanford University study about the health value of organic produce stirred up a lot of conversation. Is organic produce overrated? Is sustainable produce too costly in terms of price or carbon footprint?