Fair Food for a Fair Price

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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 Labels Actually Mean?

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

Farm Forward Joins Coalition in Opposition to Trump’s Nomination for Secretary of Labor

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Farm Forward believes that a sustainable and just food system is one that treats animals and humans with dignity. We’re facing a new administration whose agricultural advisory committee will include outspoken opponents of wage reform and animal welfare policies. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we approach our advocacy in strategic [...] Read More

Farm Forward Welcomes New Team Member

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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

USDA to Propose Long-Awaited Improvements to Certified Organic Label

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Yesterday Farm Forward joined a coalition of 13 other animal, environmental, and consumer protection organizations in applauding the USDA for proposing improved animal welfare requirements under the Certified Organic label. For years Farm Forward has advocated improvements to organic requirements, and thanks to supporters like you we stopped Big Ag from derailing these [...] Read More

Making Farmers Part of the Solution

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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

Factory Farming is Bad for Investors, Too

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Everyone knows that factory farming is bad for animals, humans, and the environment. Now, with our help, a growing number of financial institutions are realizing that it's bad for investors, too. With input from Farm Forward, a groundbreaking new report calls into question the wisdom of investing in industrialized animal agriculture. Published by [...] Read More

Farm Forward Joins Federal Lawsuit Targeting NC Ag-Gag Law

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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

Transcending Borders to End Factory Farming

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

The Future of Food

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American entrepreneurship has changed the world more than once and will play a key role in defeating the factory farm. Farm Forward spoke to executives from two companies (Hampton Creek Foods and Beyond Meat) that recently turned the head of Bill Gates. These compassionate companies are using technology to create “cleaner food” with [...] Read More

Humane Fish?

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Is there a humane way to slaughter a fish? It’s a fair enough question, but it’s not one we usually ask. Why is it that even people who are sensitive to animals often fail to consider the lives of sea animals? Given all that scientists have learned in recent years about the robust [...] Read More

From Jacques Cousteau to Finding Nemo

In 1952, Jacques Cousteau turned his ship Calypso into a mobile laboratory to observe sea life, and our understanding of the lives of fish changed forever. Cousteau’s work helped to bring about major improvements in the technology used to study marine life, and important scientific advances in the field of fish cognition were [...] Read More