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Ninety-eight percent of the limes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico, where a confluence of factors have led to a shortage of the fruit. Disease, storms, and even the involvement of drug cartels are causing a spike in prices, affecting importers, grocery stores, and restaurants. We explore what it means for growers, grocers, restaurants and American consumers.
FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?