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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

Historic Welfare Legislation

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About a decade ago a small group of animal advocates introduced a first-of-its-kind bill in the Illinois legislature that would have phased out the barren battery cages now used in the production of eggs—cages so small that most all of today’s hens cannot even stretch their wings. With the United Egg Producers (UEP) [...] Read More

The Modern Henhouse

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The recall of more than half a billion potentially deadly eggs in the Fall of 2010—enough eggs to make an omelet for every person in America—focused public attention on several unsafe and cruel practices within the egg industry. And news of a historic agreement between the egg industry and welfare groups means that [...] Read More