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

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

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

Leaders of the Good Food Movement

Updated October 25,2017: Farm Forward has taken a leading role in creating the revised animal welfare standards for the Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP). This month version 2.0 (V2) of GFPP standards were released publicly. The new standards reflect important changes that include: All participating institutions must meet a higher baseline of welfare. [...] Read More

USDA to Propose Long-Awaited Improvements to Certified Organic Label

UPDATE: May 10, 2017 In response to the Trump Administration’s second delay this year of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule, Farm Forward joins The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) to entreat the USDA to implement the rules without further delay. [...] Read More

Farm Forward Joins Federal Lawsuit Targeting NC Ag-Gag Law

Gestation Crates Pigs

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

A Revolutionary Ballot Initiative for Animals

There is a strong national movement to ban one of the cruelest practices in animal agriculture—the use of cages and crates for confinement on factory farms. On November 4, 2008, Californians voted to pass perhaps the most important farmed animal protection legislation ever written in this country. The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty [...] Read More

Exposing Ag-Gag

Gestation Crates Pigs

When Farm Forward Board Member and best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer first became a father he felt compelled to find out more about meat production. Rebuffed by attempts to visit factory farms during daylight, his concern for his son led him to some middle-of-the-night, not-so-authorized visits to factory farms.[note]See his book, Eating Animals, [...] Read More

Current Legislation

United States Capitol

Select editorials: Columbus Dispatch, "Deal on animal care means no fall ballot issue" USA Today, "Antibiotics benefit farm animals (and people), but at what cost?" New York Times Op-Ed, "The spread of superbugs" Legislation to Improve the Lives of Animals In the past, inadequate or nonexistent legislation to protect animals has kept the [...] Read More

Striking Down Animal Welfare

On January 23, 2012, the Supreme Court overturned a California law designed to protect the public from meat derived from what are called downed or nonambulatory animals—animals that are so sick or injured that they cannot stand or walk without assistance.[note]Adam Liptak, "Supreme Court Rejects California Slaughterhouse Law," The New York Times, January [...] Read More