The Human Costs of Factory Farming

Most Americans know that factory farming is a nightmare for animals and our environment, but too often we forget that the people who work within these industries suffer as well. To remain employed, workers are forced to slaughter and process animals at dangerously fast rates.[note]Karen Olsson, “The Shame of Meatpacking,” The Nation, September [...] Read More

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

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"] 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

Fair Food for a Fair Price

Today, chickens that grow at roughly three times the rate of the chickens our grandparents ate account for more than 99 percent of the chicken meat sold in the United States. The quality of chicken meat has suffered and chicken welfare has paid a terrible price. As consumers have grown more conscious about [...] 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

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

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

Connecting Faith With Food Choices

Farm Forward believes that the power of faith just might be the factory farm’s most powerful new enemy. Our Faith in Food Initiative is the largest national effort to promote community-specific efforts to fight factory farming from a faith-based perspective. The Faith in Food Initiative activates spiritual leaders within faith communities and works [...] Read More