Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch is a unique network of Heritage poultry farmers that includes the nation’s preeminent expert on Heritage poultry, Farm Forward Board Member Frank Reese. In 2009, with the pro bono assistance of Farm Forward Consulting, Good Shepherd was able to expand its production beyond turkeys to include chickens. Frank is [...] Read More

Farm Forward Calls on USDA to Act Now

Farm Forward, in collaboration with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), has released a comprehensive report calling on the USDA to finalize the pending Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP). The report, titled “Animal Welfare in the National Organic Program: The USDA [...] Read More

Trump’s USDA to Strip Organic Rules

The Trump administration has delayed for the second time this year the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule, which requires outdoor access for all animals; sets indoor and outdoor space requirements for chickens; restricts physical alterations, and adds transport and slaughter standards. [gravityform id="12" title="true" description="true"] The USDA comment period is now closed [...] Read More

Universities Seek Higher-Welfare Poultry

Colleges and universities all over the country have begun leveraging their purchasing power to build more sustainable food systems. The 23-campus California State University (CSU) system has joined the Real Food Challenge, committing to sourcing 20 percent of their food from sustainable sources by 2020. The Real Food Challenge also includes a commitment to [...] Read More

Not All Certifications are Created Equal

Today third-party certifications are the most reliable way for consumers to know where their food comes from and how it was treated. Animal welfare certifications empower consumers with trusted information so that they can buy products that match their values. They also help consumers decipher true higher-welfare products from those labeled with “humane [...] Read More

Our Biggest Year Yet

Farm Forward is a team of strategists, campaigners, and thought leaders guiding the movement to change the way our world eats and farms. What sets us apart from other animal welfare groups is our visionary leadership that looks beyond suffering reduction to the overall institutional and cultural change  that will end factory farming. [...] Read More

Independent Farmers are Being Trampled by Big Ag

Updated: December 14, 2016  Today, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced updated regulations to protect farmers. Under GIPSA, small poultry farmers receive basic protections like making it illegal for companies to retaliate against farmers, and offering them access to a jury trial if grievances arise. The [...] Read More

University of California Commits to Purchasing Certified Higher-Welfare Eggs

The University of California (UC) system recently announced that eight of its ten schools will now purchase eggs from certified higher-welfare farms. Eggology—a company who sells Certified Humane cage free eggs—will supply these schools with all of their liquid eggs. The UC is the first major university system to make such a significant [...] Read More

Change is Coming: Revolutionary Animal Welfare Announcement for Factory Farmed Chickens

In an effort to increase transparency Perdue Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S., has announced revolutionary animal welfare standards that will impact more than 600 million birds per year. Most importantly, this plan recognizes what Farm Forward has been saying for over a decade: chicken genetics are the key [...] Read More

Faith in Food: New Ethical Food Initiatives

By speaking to the core issues of meaning at stake in the question of eating animals through existing projects like our Jonathan Safran Foer Virtual Classroom Visits, and by building new strategic partnerships with religious institutions through our new Faith in Food Initiative, we can reinvigorate the movement to transform the factory farm [...] Read More

Transcending Borders to End Factory Farming

Since 2013, Farm Forward has worked to identify and help fund some of the most innovative programs working toward humane and sustainable agriculture in South Asia. Our granting programs especially aim to empower India’s hundreds of millions of farmers[note]Prachi Salve, "How Many Farmers Does India Really Have?", Hindustan Times, August 11, 2014, available here.[/note] to find [...] Read More

A Revolutionary Ballot Initiative for Animals

There is a strong national movement to ban one of the cruelest practices in animal agriculture—the use of cages and crates for confinement on factory farms. On November 4, 2008, Californians voted to pass perhaps the most important farmed animal protection legislation ever written in this country. The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty [...] Read More