Advocating Less Meat, Better Meat

Farm Forward’s Leadership Circle champions a “less meat, better meat” strategy for the schools, businesses, and other institutions that serve hundreds of millions of meals in the U.S. each year. Developed by Health Care Without Harm, the “less meat, better meat” framework can help institutions reduce their use of animal products overall (“less [...] Read More

Demanding Accountability in Animal Agriculture

In early December, residents of Millsboro, Delaware—home to Mountaire Farms’ chicken processing plant—began receiving free bottled water from Mountaire due to contaminated local water wells. The Mountaire plant had sprayed, on nearby farmland, hundreds of gallons of effluent saturated with up to 41 times the legally permitted levels for nitrates and up to [...] Read More

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

Updated: December 26, 2017 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is again putting the interests of Big Ag ahead of small farmers, animal welfare, and consumer rights. It plans to strip the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule that requires Organic farms raise animals more humanely than factory farms. You have until January 17 [...] 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

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 who eat meat with trusted information so that they can buy products that more closely match their values. They also help consumers decipher true higher-welfare products [...] 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

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

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