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The myth of humane meat

Last week, Californians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Proposition 12, which will increase minimum cage sizes for chickens raised for eggs and calves and breeding pigs raised for meat. Despite warnings by the animal agricultural industry and newspapers that such regulation would increase prices, Californians nonetheless voted in favor of the animals, as they consistently…

For the love of trees

The tree that adorns the seal of Stanford University has become the school’s unofficial mascot. It dances at rallies and games, marches in the band and is, at any given moment, emblazoned on the clothes of thousands of admission hopefuls, students (themselves called “trees”), proud parents and alumni. Its fame began when, in 1769, Spanish…