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"] 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

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

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. Increasingly consumers are demanding 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. Today, third-party animal welfare certifications [...] 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

Bay Area Leads the Good Food Movement

Farm Forward is thrilled to announce that we are a national partner of the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), a comprehensive food policy developed by the Center for Good Food Purchasing that addresses local economies, treatment of workers, the environment, and animal welfare. We've taken a leading role in defining the animal 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