In Our View






In My View: Getting to the meat of the protein issue
By Priscilla Feral

I was stunned to read that with all the attention veggie burgers, meat substitutes and pea protein have reaped in recent years—and the awareness of the impact of eating animal products on health and the environment—Americans will still eat a record amount of meat and poultry this year: 222.2 pounds, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Is it because marketers have replaced the word meat with protein?










Nonhuman animals can do the math too

Nonhuman animals’ counting capabilities allow them to navigate, protect themselves, forage, and find mates. The Wildlife Law Program examines the issue here.









On the Trail: Mastering Plastic Free
By Fran Silverman

Earlier this month a friend shared a link online that invited me to refuse to use any single-use plastic items as part of a challenge from Plastic-Free July. More than five trillion particles of plastic clog our world’s oceans, choking and strangle marine life and making coral reefs more susceptible to disease. It’s estimated that the debris adversely affects at least 257 species globally. So, it was a no-brainer to participate. Here’s how it went.









Keep calm and compost
By Dustin Rhodes

I was very slow to hop on board the composting train. It’s mainly because I am already an Indigo Girls fan, and also because it stinks (so I thought) and, well, how many hobbies does one need? Also, I don’t have a garden, so what on earth would I do with it? But I am here to tell you: Composting is everything. It is super easy, and you can use it for practically anything.











Find your trail on National Trails Day
By Nicole Rivard

It’s the 50th anniversary of the National Scenic Trails Act and FoA correspondent Nicole Rivard digs into the law and its goal of connecting the nation one hike at a time. Here’s what she learned.

Facebook is helping drive elephants towards extinction
By Meg McIntire

Right this very second, Facebook is still showing advertisements on group pages run by wildlife traffickers selling the body parts of dozens of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth  despite promises to crack down.  What can we do to stop this?