What Do All of Those Animal-Welfare Labels Mean?

For years, Farm Forward has worked to create a more transparent and humane food system. Consumers demand greater transparency within this system, especially when it comes to animal welfare. Finding products raised in accordance with their values often proves impossible because factory-farmed animals dominate the marketplace. Third-party animal welfare certifications are a key [...] 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

Leaders of the Good Food Movement

Updated October 25,2017: Farm Forward has taken a leading role in creating the revised animal welfare standards for the Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP). This month version 2.0 (V2) of GFPP standards were released publicly. The new standards reflect important changes that include: All participating institutions must meet a higher baseline of welfare. [...] Read More

Farm Forward Welcomes New Team Member

With your support Farm Forward is leading the movement to change the way our world eats and farms.  DONATE  My name is Heather Armstrong, and I am the author of a blog called dooce®. Today, I am honored and excited to announce that I have joined the Farm Forward team as their Director [...] 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

USDA to Propose Long-Awaited Improvements to Certified Organic Label

UPDATE: May 10, 2017 In response to the Trump Administration’s second delay this year of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule, Farm Forward joins The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) to entreat the USDA to implement the rules without further delay. [...] Read More

Making Farmers Part of the Solution

Can the very people who raise and kill animals for consumption also defend them against the abuses of factory farming? Not everyone agrees, but at Farm Forward our answer has always been an emphatic “Yes!” Our unique approach is helping to create a united front where farmers, consumers, and animal advocates work synergistically [...] Read More

Farm Forward Joins Federal Lawsuit Targeting NC Ag-Gag Law

Gestation Crates Pigs

For immediate release: February 25, 2016 Updated July 20, 2016: Earlier this month in an attempt to fight an Ag-gag lawsuit, North Carolina’s Attorney General and the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina opposed the filing of an Amicus Brief by a coalition of plaintiffs including Farm Forward. They are attempting to [...] Read More

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving, we gather with our family and friends to celebrate what we’ve been thankful for in the past year. Thanksgiving, more than any other American holiday, also invites us to reflect on the food we put on our table. For those of us who oppose the cruelty and waste of factory farming, [...] Read More

Taking Factory Farms Out of Higher Ed

An increasing number of institutions are joining consumers in seeking out food choices that align with their values.[note] Animal Welfare Institute, “Consumer Perceptions of Farm Animal Welfare,” accessed August 24, 2015, available here[/note] College students and dining service administrators alike want to make sure that the products being served in their cafeterias are [...] Read More

Eat Well. Do Good.

Over the past four years we’ve worked with poultry farmers and animal welfare experts to build a cutting-edge resource for consumers seeking higher-welfare poultry products and plant-based alternatives. These efforts have culminated in the launch of BuyingPoultry, our free online guide that not only shows you which products are best and worst nationally [...] Read More