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  • How we went from beef on the hoof to mystery meat in a box

    How we went from beef on the hoof to mystery meat in a box

    What with all the vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians around, you might be surprised to learn that we now consume more animal protein than ever: 200 pounds per person in 2000, up some 40 pounds since the backyard barbecues of the 1950s. But no longer do we gorge on porterhouses, racks of lamb,...

  • Paradise losing: Many Hawaii species are on the road to extinction

    Paradise losing: Many Hawaii species are on the road to extinction

    Each year I await with dread the federal government's catalog of endangered and threatened species in the Hawaiian Islands, where I was raised and where I live.

  • Fixing the imbalance in access to water

    Fixing the imbalance in access to water

    Last fall, farmers working the flat land along the Colorado River outside Blythe, Calif., harvested a lucrative crop of oranges, lettuce and alfalfa from fields irrigated with river water. But that wasn't their only source of income. They made almost as much per acre from the seemingly dead squares...

  • Would L.A. be better off without the Olympics?

    Would L.A. be better off without the Olympics?

    As epic collapses go, Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics wins points for speed, if nothing else. On Monday, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that he didn't intend to sign the International Olympic Committee's required pledge to cover any cost overruns on the Summer Games. Within hours, the U.S....

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