Changing the Way Animals are Raised for Food

Farm Forward is proud to announce the launch of the Leadership Circle, a new institutional purchasing program that leverages the buying power of businesses, universities, and civic and religious institutions to change the way animals are raised for food. The program increases the public’s understanding of higher-welfare farming, supports a network of farmers [...] 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"] Although the USDA comment period has closed, [...] Read More

Universities Seek Higher-Welfare Poultry

Last month, Farm Forward led a group of CSU food service directors, sustainability coordinators, students, and regional staff from Sodexo on a tour of Mary’s Chicken, a certified higher-welfare poultry operation in Fresno, CA. Mary’s is a family-owned company that raises Global Animal Partnership (GAP)-certified chickens and turkeys and operates a hatchery and [...] 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

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

In Landmark Announcement, Largest Welfare Certification Addresses Genetic Health

In yet another sign that sweeping change is afoot within the poultry industry, today the nation’s leading farmed animal welfare certification, Global Animal Partnership (GAP), announced a landmark pledge to phase out by 2024 the fastest-growing strains of chickens, which currently account for more than 99 percent of chicken meat sold in the [...] Read More